Maria Hupfield is an artist working in sculpture, installation and performance. Her work focuses on land, memory, community and power dynamics of gender. She is currently exploring contemporary indigenous approaches to aesthetics and design, with a specific interest in the relationship between function and form as it relates to oral tradition and the role of the viewer. Maria is of Anishnaabe (Ojibway) heritage, and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, in Ontario. An active member of the Toronto First Nations and non-profit arts sector, Maria has organized and carried out numerous community arts projects over the past 12 years. She is the Founding Coordinator of 7th Generation Image Makers, a youth arts organization with a focus on Metis, Inuit and First Nations Youth in downtown Toronto. She has developed several community partnerships for youth including with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Charles St. Video, Gallery 44, A Space Gallery, ANDPVA, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Debahjamahjig Theatre Group. Maria has a MFA in Sculpture from York University and an Honours BA Specialist in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She was awarded a SSHRC Scholarship and Heisley Scholarship in 2003. She has taught at York University, the University of Toronto and initiated development of Traditional Native Arts curriculum at White Mountain Academy for the Arts. She is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, where she currently lives and works. Her work has shown in New York City, Toronto and Montreal. Please visit this website for more information