The Story of Ned Bear

- 25 years in the Visual Arts Field
Bear received formal art training at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and was the first aboriginal student to graduate from this institution, including graduating with honors. He also studied at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (currently known as “ The First Nations University of Canada”) .. in the Indian Art Department program… and then continued his art studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NB. He now holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from University of New Brunswick and has pursued Graduate Studies in ‘Critical Theory’ for another two years at the same facility.

He is a New Brunswick certified teacher, having taught Native Art Classes at the Fredericton High School and then moved as Director of Education for Saint Mary’s First Nation.

He has acted as the Chair, for the development of the New Brunswick Museum ‘Wolastoqiyik’ website project.

He continued his art profession throughout, and has participated in numerous regional, national & international group, and solo art exhibitions, presenting an art that is guided by his deep sense of spiritual values. Bear’s focus is on giving a contemporary interpretation to traditional spiritual beliefs, and expresses this in his hand-sculpted masks, …and in figure-forms of marble & limestone. He is also involved in the research and the production of the basic ‘traditional’ Native American flute.

Ned was awarded a 2006 fellowship from the Smithsonian Institute , New York City, USA. Also, a residency with the 2007 Gibraltar International Artist Residency at Toronto Island, Ontario. Presently he is working in a cooperative 2010 Winter Olympics project, having participated with an Atlantic native Artists “Group of 10” on an free-standing public sculpture, recently placed in Whistler, BC. This art group will soon converge on location this fall, 2009….. in western Canada for a fund-raising Art Auction-event of their artworks.

June 21st - July 25th 2011: Artist in Residency - 2011
    The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB
July 11-15, 2011: Traditional-Native-Flute Making Workshop
    Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre, St. Andrew's NB (Click for registration)
April - September, 2012: Solo Exhibition
    "Pawakan - Spirit Guides" - The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia -1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, N.S.