Ojibwe / Canada
Shannon Gustafson (Ojibwe) is a member of Whitesand First Nation and a long term resident of Thunder Bay Ontario, She works as a full time artist and has experience in various artistic mediums such as beadwork, textiles, traditional clothing/regalia, woodworking and painting. She is well known for her floral beadwork which is inspired by the ancestors of her tribe. As an indigenous artist she is committed to cultural preservation through continual learning and sharing her gifts. She has received numerous Ontario Arts Council grants as well as a recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Reveal Indigenous artist awards in 2017. In recent years, Shannon has been faced with some personal struggles and has found comfort and solace within her arts practice. She has learned to move forward and expresses much gratitude for the gifts she carries.