Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, Treaty 7 Territory, in southern Alberta. Adrian has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He is an interdisciplinary artist and exhibits nationally and internationally. Adrian has completed and continues to work on several public art projects including; Bison Sentinels, memorial to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, First Nations University, Regina; Spirit of Alliance, War of 1812 monument, Saskatoon; Bison Heart and Sweetgrass Bison, Trinity Developments Calgary; Kowa’pomahkaiks: Animals that Roam the Prairie, International Ave. Calgary; Peace, Northern Lights Cemetery, Edmonton and short listed for The Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan, Ottawa.
His performance art looks at identity construction, his Bison paintings are monochromatic, evoking melancholy, whimsy, cultural fragility and resilience. His installation work examines the residential school experience; that speak to loss, resilience and conciliation. He was a participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, which sent him to Afghanistan.
Adrian was awarded the Alumni of Influence 2020, University of Saskatchewan; Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2018. REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award –Hnatyshyn Foundation 2017. He was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.