Jane Ash Poitras, RCA, is an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, and can be found in many prestigious public, private and corporate collections.
She is a graduate of the University of Alberta (U of A) with degrees in microbiology and printmaking, and has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from New York’s Columbia University. She is a long-time lecturer at the U of A and a much-in-demand guest lecturer across North America and overseas.
Respected for her generous support of Aboriginal and community causes, her numerous honours include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Arts and Culture, the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence and the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame Salute to Excellence.
A major exhibition of her work has been featured at the Royal Ontario Museum for the past two years.
University of Calgary Press has published a book on her career and art called “Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras” by Pamela McCallum.