Phyllis Grant

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Province:  New Brunswick
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Phyllis Grant is a Mi’gmaq artist from Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the mother of three beautiful children.
Her artwork was exhibited in Canada at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (2007), and in the US with Honor the Earth’s “Impacted Nations” which toured New York City, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, and Chicago (2005-2008). Her work is currently exhibited with “Irréductibles Racines“ -an exhibition partnered with Le Congrès Mondial Acadien 2009-2010.
Phyllis is also a rap and spoken word artist, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award (Industry) in 2004. In 2008, her first solo cd titled “Up Risin’” was nominated for a 2009 ECMA.
She is a Canada Council grantee for Writing and Publishing (“N’tawti’m” – My Path), and a multiple grant recipient of The New Brunswick Arts Board.
In 2006, she directed her first film, “Maq and the Spirit of the Woods”, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It was selected and screened at several festivals, including the Terres en vues / Land InSights festival in Montreal, the American Indian Film Institute’s Film Festival in San Francisco, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and National Geographic’s “All Roads Film Festival” in Los Angeles and Washington DC.
Phyllis’s work is also featured in Pearson Canada’s “Literacy In Action” textbooks, launched Autumn, 2007.
Her second animated film with the NFB titled “Waseteg”, premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival/ViewFinders in Halifax, N.S. (2010)
Phyllis is also one of 15 artists across Canada who designed and painted a 6 foot Coke Art Bottle for Coca-Cola Canada’s “Aboriginal Art Bottle Program” for the Vancouver Olympics 2010.
Phyllis is currently working on an independent animated video for her instrumental beat titled “Mourning Cloak”. She is also getting to know live-action filmmaking again and hopes to share her experimental films soon. New website in development. (2011)

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