Wally Dion is a visual artist who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation (Salteaux). Dion holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Throughout much of his career, Dion’s work has contributed to a broad conversation in the art world about identity and power, and can be interpreted as part of a much larger pan-American struggle by indigenous peoples to be recognized: culturally, economically, and politically, by settler societies. Utilizing large scale portraiture, found object sculpture, site specific installation & kinetic sculpture, Dion has expanded upon this practice to include themes of personal history & spirituality. Dion currently lives and works in Binghamton, New York.
Dion has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and has had numerous solo exhibitions including:
Wally Dion: Star Blankets, Ottawa Art Gallery (2011)
Thunderbird Series, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (2010)
Red Worker, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver (2008)
Wally Dion, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2008).
His work has also been included in major group exhibitions including:
Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, National Museum of the American Indian, New York (2013)
Fiction/Non-Fiction, Esker Foundation, Calgary (2013)
Oh, Canada, MASS MoCA, North Adams (2012)
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2011)
Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Emerging Artists, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2009)
No Word for Goodbye, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2006).
Dion’s work can be found in numerous prominent collections including:
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Canada Council Art Bank
Aboriginal Art Centre
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Mendel Art Gallery
Many private collections.