Tara Francis


2022  |  Risk Management Certification, Metepenagiag, NB

2021  |  JEDI Art Business Accelerator Program

2003 – 2004 |  Advanced Studies, New Brunswick College of Craft andDesign (NBCCD), Fredericton, NB – Combining Aboriginal imagery and silk painting techniques

2002 – 2003 |  Independent Study, NBCCD

2001 – 2002 |  Diploma in Fine Craft, Surface Design, NBCCD

1999 – 2000 |  Native Arts Certificate, NBCCD

1994 – 1996 |  Diploma of Hospitality and Tourism/Travel and Tourism, NBCC, St. Andrews, NB

Selected Professional Experience

2003 – Present  |  Professional Contemporary Indigenous Artist, NB

2021–2022  |  Quillwork Workshop Instructor, Anglophone District South, NB

2020  |  Indigenous Visual Arts Instructor, NBCCD, Fredericton NB

2019  |  Traditional Medium Instructor, Tobique FN, Burnt Church FN, Elsipogtog FN, NB, Presque Isle, Maine

2018  |  Visiting Artist, NBCCD, Fredericton NB

2017  |  Assistant Festival Organizer, Prismatic Arts Festival, Dartmouth, NS

2015  |  Traditional Medium Instructor, Bouctouche First Nation, NB

2014  |  Traditional Medium Workshop Instructor, St. George’s, NFLD

2013  |  Workshop Instructor, Beaverbrook Art Gallery Outreach: Young Ancestors Elsipogtog, NB

2010 – 2012  |  Traditional Media Instructor, Aboriginal Visual Arts Program, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2008 – 2012  |  Workshop Instructor, Fredericton Arts and Learning, Inc.,Fredericton, NB

2011  |  Participant in dialogues with Dr. Marie Baptiste, from University of Saskatchewan for Study entitled “Animating the Mi’kmaw Humanities in Atlantic Canada” St. Mary’s FN

2009 – 2011  |  Cultural Coordinator/Artist in Residence, Fredericton Native Friendship Centre, Fredericton, NB

2006  |  Craftsperson, Soldier’s Barracks, Historical Garrison District, Fredericton, NB

2005  |  Artist in Residence, Fredericton Arts Alliance, Historical Garrison District, Fredericton, NB & Manager, String Fever Textiles Gallery, Fredericton, NB

2004 – 2005  |  Model, Drawing Studio, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2004  |  Retail Gallery Salesperson/Artist in Residence, String Fever Textiles Gallery, Fredericton, NB & Craftsperson, Grass Roots Fine Craft Shop, Fredericton, NB

2003  |  Manager/Tour Interpreter/Craftsperson, Rising Artisans,Fredericton, NB & Craft Workshop Instructor, Solder’s Barracks, Fredericton, NB

2002  |  Day Camp Coordinator, Fredericton Native Friendship Centre, Fredericton, NB

2001  |  Camp Leader, Kids Kraft Day Camp, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2000  |  Craftsperson, various Native Craft sales, NB

1999  |  Kindergarten Assistant, Rexton Elementary School, Rexton, NB

1997  |  Day Camp and Workshop Developer, Miramichi Youth Village, Miramichi, NB

Solo Exhibitions

2015 |  Sun and Moon, Prismatic Arts Festival, Dartmouth, NS

2013National Aboriginal Day Gala, Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB

2012M&T Deli Artist in Residency, Fredericton, NB

2007Your Mother, Green Turtle Clothing, Fredericton, NB

2004Traces of My Ancestors, The Gallery Downstairs, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2003  |  Traces of Our Ancestors, Elsipogtog First Nation, Big Cove, NB

Group and Collaborative Exhibition

2023  |  ANKO’TE’N Group Exhibition on Sustainability, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, NS

2022  |  Wayfinding Exhibition, Saint John Art Center, Saint John, NB; Petapan First Light Symposium; Exhibition,ehpituwikuwam, Beaverbrook Art Gallery Fredericton, NB; Exhibition Kmawqepiyapon, Riviere-du-loup, Québec; Tali Ktantutes Mimajuaqan // How do I live here? Chase Gallery, Halifax, NS

2021–2023  |  Stitching ourselves Together, Quillwork Exhibition, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

2021–2022  |  Wabanaki Art Exhibition, Phillips Gallery, Yorkville, Ont.

2021–2022  |  Wabanaki Art Exhibition, Gallery on Queen, Fredericton NB

2021  |  Wabanaki Art Exhibition, Gallery on Queen, Fredericton, NB

2021  |  Echoes of our Ancestors, George Fry Gallery, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2020  |  New Works, Gallery on Queen, Fredericton, NB; Survivance of Indigenous Art: 2020 Pandemic, Online Art Exhibit, Mawi’Art; Wabanaki Art Exhibition, Gallery on Queen, Fredericton NB; Cultural Residency Exhibition, Gallery Sans Nom, Moncton NB

2020  |  Constellation blue-Galerie Bernard-Jean Caraquet NB; Circadian Group Exhibition, Ax Gallery, Sussex NB

2019  |  Cultural Residency Exhibition, Saint John Arts Centre NB; Keepers of the Light, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NFLD

2019  |  Demonstration Artist, Petapan First Light, Indigenous Arts Symposium, St. John’s NFLD; Demonstration Artist, Neqotkuk Wolastoqiyik Traditional Gathering , Tobique, NB; Cross Cultural Residency, Metepenagiag, Caraquet, St. John, New Brunswick; We Are Still Here, Our Roots Are Strong, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton,

2018  |  The Art of Labour, Yellow Box Gallery, St. Thomas University, Fredericton,

2017  |  Demonstration Artist, Grand Reopening, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; Showcase Artist, FAVA, Caraquet; Demonstration Artist, The Bridge Project, Fredericton,

2016  |  Scarlet Thorns and Metamorphosis, City of Saint John Gallery, Saint John,

2015  |  Showcase Visual Artist, Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax,; Over and Under, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON

2014  |  Showcase Artist, Petapan Aboriginal Arts Symposium,, Truro, NS; National Aboriginal Women’s Conference, Membertou, NS

2013  |  Tahkomiq/Ma’kemiqew. Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton, NB; Nails, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB; Cultural Survivor Exhibit and Show, Pequot Museum, Mass US; Kingsclear Powwow Art Exhibit, Kingclear, NB

2012  |  From Tradition Works by Gina Brooks and Tara Francis, Sunbury Shores, St Andrews, NB; Glimpse of the Wabanaki, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, NB; By Land, By Sea, By Air Surface Design Alumni Fashion Show/ Exhibit NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2012 – 2013  |  Culture Crawl Studio 4ward, Fredericton, NB

2012  |  Sagatay, Aboriginal Artist Conference, Charlotte St. Arts Centre Fredericton, NB

2011  |  The Matrix Artist in Residence, Sunbury Shores, St Andrews, NB; Teachings, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB

2010  |  Last Minute Christmas Sale, Fredericton Crafters, Fredericton, NB; Silk and Glaze, Quill and Fire, exhibit and sale, Richibucto, NB; Downtown Fredericton Artist’s Market, Downtown Fredericton, NB; Cultural Expressions Festival 2010, Officer’s Square, Fredericton, NB; Aboriginal Arts Gala, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Curator and Showcased Artist, Fredericton, NB; Aboriginal Day Celebrations, Downtown Fredericton, NB; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Display, Boyce Farmer’s Market, Fredericton, NB; Celebration of Faith in Diversity, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

2009 | The Native Friendship Centre’s Christmas Craft Sale, Fredericton, NB; The Woman’s Festival Officer’s Square, Fredericton, NB; Downtown Fredericton, Artist Market, Fredericton, NB

2008  |  The Green Festival, Kent County, NB

2006  |  Fredericton Arts Alliance Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Fredericton City Hall, NB

2005  |  Introductions, 4Winds Gallery, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA; Quillwork display, String Fever Textile Gallery, Fredericton, NB

2004 |  Elite Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Aboriginal National HockeyTournament, Miramichi, NB; Home is Where the Art Is, UNB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB; Fredericton Arts Alliance Art Gala and auction, Fredericton Playhouse Gallery, Fredericton, NB; Artist-in-Residence, Quillwork display/demonstration, String Fever Textiles Gallery, Fredericton, NB; Grass Roots Craft Shop Collaborative, Historical Garrison District, Fredericton, NB; Native Women’s Conference, Delta Fredericton, NB; Native Nurses’ Conference, Delta Fredericton, NB

2003 |  Mahsos Motifs Christmas Sale, Fredericton, NB; Boyce Farmers Market, Fredericton, NB; Rising Artisans Student Consignment Shop, Historical Garrison District, Fredericton, NB Aboriginal Arts; Exhibition, The Gallery Downstairs, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB; National Aboriginal Day Celebration display, Officer’s Square, Fredericton, NB; Surtex International Student Design Competition; Crossley Carpet Design Competition; A Show of Hands, NB Fine Craft Centre, Fredericton, NB

2002 |  Boundless, NBCCD Graduation Exhibition, Fredericton NB

2001  |  Wrapping it Up, Playhouse Gallery, Fredericton, NB

Selected Commissions, Grants and Awards

2022 |  A Male Monarch for A Male Monarch, The Honorable Brenda Murphy, Lieutenant Governor of NB, Gifted to King Charles III, London England.

2022 |  Migitjoo Quillwork Portrait, Beaverbrook Art Gallery Acquisition, Fredericton, NB

2021 |  4 Sisters Monarch Butterfly Quillwork, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor Acquisition, Maine, USA

2021 |  Every Child Matters Orange T-shirt Logo design, Government of NB, Fredericton, NB

2021 |  Telling our Twisted Histories, Digital Art series, CBC, Canada

2020 | CollectionArtNB acquisition of Grandmother Moon Turtle, Grandmother Moon Turtle Legend, Monarch

2017 | Abalone River Mural, Rainbow Sky Gallery, Private Collection, Fredericton NB

2016 | 3D Teepee Mural For Canada 150 Year of Reconciliation NYE Launch, Moncton, NB

2015  |  Reproduction Chief Atwin Traditional Chief’s Kilt, NBCCD, Fredericton, NB

2003  |  Intergovernmental Affairs commission for First Lady of Mali, Africa.

2003  |  Commissions in Belgium, Germany, USA

2003  |  Aboriginal Creation Grant (artsnb)

Artist Talks

2022  |  Resistance Reciprocity and Roadkill, Demo and Talk Arts Atlantic Artis Symposium Saint John, NB

2022  |  Matues, the animal who dwells in the mud, Thirdspace Gallery, online talk; Kmawqepiyapon, closing ceremony, Riviere-du-loup, Quebec

2021  |  Making a Point, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor MN, USA; Cross Cultural Residency Artist Talks, Kouchibouguac, NB

2019  |  Neqotkuk Wolastoqiyik Traditional Gathering, Tobique NB; Cross Cultural Residency Artist Talks; Metepenagiag Heritage Park FN; Boite Theatre, Caraquet, St. John Arts Centre, NB

2017  |  Festival Inspire, Teachings from the Medicine Wheel Teepee Artist Talk, Moncton NB

2016  |  Scarlet Thorns and Metamorphosis, Saint John Art Centre, NB

2013  |  Wabanakigig Documentary Series Season 3 Episode 1 Tara Francis “Images and Silk” Bear Paw Production, APTN

2012  |  Sagatay Aboriginal Artist Conference, Charlotte Street Arts Centre

Trade Shows

2014 – Present  |  Various JEDI Plenaries and National and Regional Indigenous Conference Trade Shows. On going Pow Wows and Traditional Gatherings.


Mawi’art Indigenous Arts Collective, Chair

Craftnb, Board Member




Transition Committee, Status of the Artist NB


Visual Arts News Sisterhood bound by Quills, June 16th 2022

Created Here Magazine  |  Issue 19 Bodies Series

CBC Telling our Twisted Histories Exhibit

CBC Information Morning Fredericton

Epekwitk Quill Sisters PodCast


Portland Press Herald

CollectionArtNB  |  Link to catalogue art-acquisitions

Maritime Edit

South Branch Scribble


APTN Wabanaagig Season 3 Episode 1 Tara Francis, Images in Silk: (Video no longer available)

Gynocratic Art Gallery Feature

Created Here Studio Visit Article

Visual Arts News  |  Fall 2019 edition.Cross-Cultural Creation Residency Breaks Barries in New Brunswick / Profile by Jericho Knopp