Enriching the Arts

Joane Cardinal-Schubert


Pow Wow Dream II, early 1990s. Courtesy of the Cardinal-Schubert family.

Joane Cardinal-Schubert had a strong sense of justice, which she expressed both eloquently and forcefully through her work. She spent the majority of her career as an artist and activist attempting to bring justice to groups that were marginalized by society. She tirelessly spent her life addressing issues of racism, poverty, land rights, women’s rights and religious persecution. Through her art she gave a voice to the voiceless. But her art is also universal and searches for answers to the questions that plague all of humanity: questions about identity, belonging, unity and tradition.

Joane was the daughter of Joseph Cardinal (Kainai) and Frances Rach, of German descent. Her paternal great grandmother was Rose Bobtail, a Peigan Holy woman. Born in 1942 in the Crowsnest Pass, Joane’s family moved to Red Deer while she was still in elementary school. Encouraged by her father to pursue the arts, Joane enrolled in art school in 1962. Over the next 15 years she would study at ACAD, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, eventually graduating with a BFA from the University of Calgary in 1977. Joane passed away after a second battle with cancer in 2009 at the relatively young age of 67.

The works in this exhibition span Joane’s career from her student days in the 1960s to the years just before her death. The early works, like Beyond and The Bride, were created when she was still studying art and show an incohesive and experimental style. She quickly developed her own style though, relying on bright colours and traditional Native imagery combined with Christian symbols, Western European artistic techniques, mixed media and text.

Her artwork appears in the TREX exhibition Joane Cardinal-Schubert.

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