Julie Nagam

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NationalityMétis, German, Syrian
  • BA in Women Studies
  • MA in Native Studies
  • PhD in Social and Political Thought
Alma mater
  • University of Manitoba
  • York University
  • Curator
  • Artist

Dr. Julie Nagam is a Métis/German/Syrian scholar, artist, and curator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2019, she was appointed a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital media.[1] Since 2015, Dr. Nagam has been an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. She is the former Research Chair of Indigenous Arts of North America, jointly appointed by the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Nagam has been an Adjunct Faculty Member at York University, University of Manitoba, and OCAD University.[2][3]

Dr. Nagam was appointed as co-chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Indigenous Advisory Circle in 2017. The circle provides leadership in all gallery endeavors and is playing a critical role in leading the gallery as it prepares to open its new Inuit Art Centre.[4]

In 2019 it was announced that Dr. Nagam would be Nuit Blanche Toronto’s first Artistic Director for the years 2020-21.[5]


Dr. Nagam has a BA (honours) in Women Studies and Art History and an MA in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. She then pursued a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University. Her thesis “Alternative Cartographies: Grafting a New Route for Indigenous Stories of Place” was published in 2011.[6]

Research activities

Dr. Nagam’s research focuses largely on Indigenous art and curatorial practices, theory, and methodologies. She is especially interested in public, digital, and new media art. She is a member of the GLAM Collective.[7]

Edited journals, books, catalogues

  • Nagam, Julie, Carly Lane, and Megan Tamati-Quenell, eds. Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice. ARP Books, 2020
  • Locating the Little Heartbeats. Julie Nagam solo exhibition. Winnipeg: Gallery C103, 2019. With a curatorial essay by Niigaan Sinclair
  • the future is in the land. Julie Nagam solo exhibition. Toronto: A-Space Gallery, 2018. With a curatorial essay by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
  • Nagam, Julie and Jaimie Issac, eds. INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art
  • Gallery, 2017
  • Nagam, Julie, Carla Taunton, and Heather Igloliorte, eds. PUBLIC Art, Culture, Ideas 54: Indigenous Art. Winter 2016

Curatorial practice

Dr. Nagam has an active curatorial practice that often overlaps with her scholarly research. In 2017, she co-curated the exhibition INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE which was the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art featuring works by 29 artists. She has worked with The Forks and the Winnipeg Foundation to curate a public art installation at Niizhoziibean.[8][9]

With GLAM Collective, Dr. Nagam co-curated a series of digital and new media incubators (Memory Keepers I, II, and III) for Indigenous artists, resulting in the installation of works at three Canadian night festivals in 2019.[10][11] That same year, she also co-curated gathering across moana with GLAM Collective. The exhibition brought together artists from the Pacific and Turtle Islands and was presented at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, Canada.[12]

Dr. Nagam is currently working on a 2-year curatorial project “The Space Between Us” as the Artistic Director for Nuit Blanche Toronto.[13]

Artistic practice

Dr. Nagam has exhibited her work internationally, including in Canada, United States, Brazil, France, New Zealand, and England. In 2019, her solo exhibition locating the little heartbeatswas shown at Gallery 1C03 in Winnipeg and travelled to Te Whare Hera in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Nagam’s work our future is in the land: if we listen to itwas exhibition in the 2017 group show Transformers at the Smithsonian Museum in New York. She has presented works at Nuit Blanche Toronto and has received public art commissions.[14]

In the media



  1. "UWinnipeg gets major investment in research excellence | University of Winnipeg | News Centre". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  2. "Faculty | Theatre & Performance Studies | Faculty of Graduate Studies | York University". theatre-studies.gradstudies.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  3. "Julie Nagam | History of Art | The University of Winnipeg". www.uwinnipeg.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  4. "WAG Announces Indigenous Advisory Circle". Galleries West. 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  5. "Artistic Director Julie Nagam". City of Toronto. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  6. "PhD Alumni Profiles | Social and Political Thought | Faculty of Graduate Studies | York University". spth.gradstudies.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  7. "Julie Nagam | History | The University of Winnipeg". www.uwinnipeg.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  8. "Electrical Currents | The Winnipeg Arts Council". winnipegarts.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  9. "Niizhoziibean: Honouring our Indigenous heritage". www.theforks.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  10. "Keep Art Going After Nocturne". Nocturne Halifax. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  11. August 2019, Arts / (2019-08-13). "Memory Keepers II". The Buzz. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  12. "EXHIBITIONS: gathering across moana". Trinity Square Video.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Artistic Director Julie Nagam". City of Toronto. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  14. "Electrical Currents | The Winnipeg Arts Council". winnipegarts.ca. Retrieved 2020-04-21.

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