Lita Fontaine

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Lita Fontaine is an interdisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Often, her work explores the role of women in past and present Indigenous societies. She describes herself as tri-cultural: Dakota, Anishinaabe and Metis.

Early life and education[edit]

Fontaine grew up in Winnipeg. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 2000 and her MFA from what is now the First Nations University of Canada in Regina in 2005.[1]

She was a sessional instructor for the University of Manitoba’s School of Art,[2] teaching Foundation Drawing and Aboriginal Art History.

Her sister, Leah Fontaine,[3][4] is also an interdisciplinary artist.


For many years, Fontaine's studio practice has included community art projects and other involvement, such as mask-making.[5] In 2013, Sarah Swan wrote in the Winnipeg Free Press, "Lita Fontaine makes beautiful multimedia pieces using traditional designs from her Anishnaabe and Dakota heritage".[6]

Fontaine has had solo exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2001[7] Urban Shaman Gallery[8] in 2013[9][10] and 2006.[11] In 2015, her work was in the Winnipeg At Gallery's We Are On Treaty Land exhibition.[12][13][14][15]

Since 2002, Fontaine has been artist-in-residence[16] for the Seven Oaks School Division.[17] She incorporates art experiences into the curriculum and the lives of students.[18] In 2015, Melanie Wright wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press, "Some recent additions to their programming include … the creation of a giant mural at their headquarters titled 'We Are All Treaty People' under the guidance of Lita Fontaine (acclaimed artist-in-residence with the Seven Oaks School Division)…"[19]

Fontaine was a mentor in the Foundation Advisory Program[20] of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art in 2009.[21]

In 2008, Fontaine gave Lucy Lippard a guided tour of the Whiteshell petroforms, when Lippard was in Winnipeg to give her Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture Series.


  1. ^ "FNUniversity of Canada". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "University of Manitoba - School of Art". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "UW-Show + Tell: Notions of Home and Place By Alumni Artists". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Leah Fontaine - AMR Planning & Consulting". Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Family Fun". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "Aboriginal artists struggle between two expectations". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Lizard, Visual. "WAG Publications - Winnipeg Art Gallery". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Home | Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "New First Nations art celebrates the sacred dress". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "My Mother's and Grandmother's Dresses, Lita Fontaine and Relations, Jason Baerg". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "ConunDrum Online: Issue # 3 - Lita Fonatiane - Sacred Feminine". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Putting the fragments together". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "We Are On Treaty Land exhibition acknowledges traditional territory". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "WAG exhibition highlights indigenous artists and treaty land history". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Sideshows play to WAG strengths". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "Lita Fontaine". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  17. ^ "Seven Oaks School Division". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "Lita Fontaine: Bringing Indigenous perspective alive in Seven Oaks". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "Wayfinders program keeps expanding". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Foundation Mentorship Program". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  21. ^ All-Mentors-Mentees-Ever.pdf Archived 2014-08-21 at the Wayback Machine