Jennifer Annaïs Pighin

Art from the Heart!

Biography and Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Jennifer is a visual artist and art teacher in Prince George, BC. She is a member of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with Witsuwit’un, French and Italian ancestry. Jennifer holds a BA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr, a Bachelor of Education - Specialization in Art from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in First Nations Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. 


Jennifer is currently employed as Vice Principal of Language and Culture within School District No. 57 Indigenous Education Department. She is also a volunteer and founding board member of both the Omineca Artist Run Centre Society (aka Omineca Arts Centre) and Northern Indigenous Artists’ Council as well as a columnist for Thimbleberry magazine.


Jennifer is inspired to work within her community and within the Khast’an Drummers, with a passion for language, culture and community connectivity. Her artwork is often collaborative in nature using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, carving, digital design, mosaic, traditional arts, public installations, logo and tattoo design and much more. Her work was showcased in the Canada Pavilion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and within many aspects of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Annaïs Pighin

Curriculum Vitae

5312 Leslie Rd. Prince George BC V2N 6J7 (250)-552-0826

jenpighinhbc@hotmail.com | www.jenniferannaispighin.com

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Education

2017 MA. F.N.S. Graduate Studies University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

2006 B. Ed. Art Education Specialization University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

2005 B.F.A. Visual Arts Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC

2000 H.S. Diploma Public Education Duchess Park Secondary School, Prince George, BC

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Professional Experience

2019 - present District Vice-Principal Language and Culture, Aboriginal Education Department, School District #57, Prince George, BC

2019 - present Board Member, Northern Indigenous Artist Council, Prince George, BC

2017 - present Chairperson, Finance, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Art and Culture, Founding Member, Omineca Artist Run Centre Society, Prince George BC

2016 - present Sole Proprietor of Jennifer Annaïs Pighin - professional artist, First Nations art and culture instructor, various locations in BC

2015- present MakerLab Youth Immersion Mentor/Instructor, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2018 - 2019 PGDTA Secondary Representative, Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, School District #57, Prince George, BC

2017 - 2019 Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee Member, British Columbia Teachers Federation

Staff Union Representative Trainer and Facilitator – Aboriginal Education, British Columbia Teachers Federation

Northern Indigenous Artist Collective - Steering Committee, Prince George Community Arts Council, Prince George BC

2013 - 2019 Co-coordinator of Khast’an Drummers, Prince George, BC

2006 -2019 Secondary School Art Teacher, SD#57 – Prince George, Prince George, BC

2019 3MT Juror, Western Regional Finals Three Minute Thesis Competition, University of Northern British Columbia, BC

2018 - 2019 First Nations Studies Instructor (part-time), University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

2017 - 2019 Fine Arts Instructor (part-time), College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC

2015 - 2018 Evaluator, Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium, School District #39 (Vancouver), Vancouver, BC

2018 Adjudicator, First Peoples Cultural Council Adjudication Committee, Victoria, BC

First Peoples’ Arts Map Regional Champion, First Peoples Cultural Council, Northern BC

2016 - 2017 Professional Development Committee Member, Prince George District Teachers Association, British Columbia Teachers Federation, Prince George, BC

Community Cultural Outreach Committee & Board of Trustees, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

Aboriginal Employment Equity Ad-Hoc Committee chair, Prince George District Teachers Association, British Columbia Teachers Federation, Prince George, BC

2015 - 2017 Advisory Committee Member, The Cumulative and Community Impacts Research Consortium, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Trustee Board Member, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2014 – 2017 Local Aboriginal Contact, Prince George District Teachers Association, British Columbia Teachers Federation, Prince George, BC

2013 – 2017 Guiding Collaborator, Health Arts Research Center, University of British Columbia, Prince George, BC

2014 -2016 Indspire Regional Representative, Prince George, BC

2014 & 2015 Visual Arts Advisory Committee, British Columbia Arts Council, Victoria, BC

2013 -2015 Elected Band Councilor, Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George, BC

2013 -2016 Art Battle Participant, Prince George Community Arts Council, Prince George, BC

2012 – 2014 Teaching Assistant, FNST 161, FNST 284, FNST 298/301, FNST 302, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

2011 Arts Advisory Committee Member, Welcoming & Inclusive Communities & Workplaces Program (Welcome PG) - Immigration & Multicultural Services Society, Prince George, BC

2007 Young Artist Course Instructor, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2002 -2005 Peer Mentor, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC

2004 Lheidli T’enneh Band First Annual Youth Cultural Camp

Coordinator/Counselor, Prince George, BC

Lheidli T’enneh Youth Treaty Council Coordinator, Prince George, BC

Curator/Coordinator, Urban Spaces Emily Carr Institutes Ninth Annual First Nations Awareness Day, Vancouver, BC

2000 Young Associate co-curatorial position, Music: Fantasy vs. Reality Prince George Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

1999 Youth Chaperon/Assistant, Ron Brent Community House, Prince George, BC

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Exhibitions

2019 Reconciliation, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

Watershed Moments, Group Exhibition, Art Space, Prince George, BC

2018 Northern Indigenous Artists’ Steering Committee - Feature Gallery Exhibit, Group Exhibition, Studio 2880, Prince Geroge, BC

Storytelling Through Visual and Performing Arts, 'Ut'loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration, Group Exhibition, Omineca Arts Centre, Prince George, BC

2017 MakerLab Youth Immersion, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning, Permanent Gallery, Exploration Place, Prince George, BC

Far Afield, group exhibition, Omineca Art Centre, Prince George, BC

2016 MakerLab Youth Immersion, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

The Path of the Paddle, Exploration Place, Prince George, BC

2015 Elapsed, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

North: An Exhibition for the 2015 Winter Games, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2015 Prince George City Hall Feature Gallery, 4th Floor, City Hall, Prince George, BC

2015 'Ut'loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration, Opening Night at the Rotunda Gallery, UNBC, Prince George, BC

2014 Nekeyoh: Our Home, Group Exhibition, Rustad Galleria, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

Live Art Auction, Rustad Galleria, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2013 The Dugout Canoe Course Exhibit, Rotunda Gallery, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Wings of Time, YXS Gallery, Prince George Airport, Prince George, BC

2012 Idle No More, Rotunda Gallery at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Home, Groop Galery, Prince George, BC

First: An Exhibition of First Nations Art in BC, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2011 Live Art Auction, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2008 Canada Pavilion, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Bejing, China

Sale/Rental display, Galleria Exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2005 Emily Carr Institute Grad Show 2005, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC

Trademark, Tenth Annual Emily Carr Institute First Nations Awareness Day Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Grassroots, Creative Writing Anthology, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC

Alchemy, Emily Carr Institute, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Anti-Colonial Art Contest, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

2004 Bioneers Conference, Maritime Labour Hall, Vancouver, BC

Indian, Redwire Magazine Exhibition, Curator: Peter Morin, Roundhouse Community Center, Vancouver, BC

Scripted, Gallery 69, Curator: Sylvia Borda, Vancouver, BC

Urban Spaces, Ninth Annual Emily Carr Institute First Nations Awareness Day, Curators: Jennifer Annaïs Pighin and Donald Johnson, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Catalogue)

2003 Alluvion – acts of intention and intervention participant, Artist/Curator: Diana Lynn Thompson, Campbell River and District Public Art Gallery 2004, Nanaimo Art Gallery 2005, Two Rivers Art Gallery 2006, BC (Catalogue)

Re-Rerepresentation, Eighth Annual Emily Carr First Nations Awareness Day, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2002 Bingo, Seventh Annual Emily Carr First Nations Awareness Day, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001 Foundation Show, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC

2000 Heritage Fair Exhibition, Young Associates Collaborative Heritage Mural Design, Cross Canada Millennium Murals

1999 Art and Racial Harmony in the Millennium, Secondary School Country Wide Traveling Student Exhibit Exchange, Juried.

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Commissions

2018 Ts’oo Yoh, collaborative entry sign carving with Leonard Paquette, Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George, Prince George, BC

2017 Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, Logo Design

Lhulh’uts’ut’en (Working Together): 2018 Canadian Association of Science Centres Conference, Exploration Place Museum and Canadian Association of Science Centers, hosted in Prince George, BC

FSMC Membership Map, Fraser Salmon Management Council, British Columbia

'olulh tungwul (Spring time drum).

Campbell Clan Drum, Retirement Gift for Curator Bob Campbell, Exploration Place Museum, Prince George, BC

Tsayoo (Beaver Clan Drum).

Orca with Maori Hook, Tattoo

Butterflies and Flowers, Tattoo Design

Thunderbird, Tattoo Design

2016 Skoo Finance Logo Design, Prince George, BC

Miyonohk Ayawin Kiskinwahamatowin (a many sided thing): Outdoor education, iury prevention and Edmonton's First Nation, Metis and Inuit youth project Logo Design, Tracy Friedel, UBC Faculty of Education

Fraser Salmon Management Council, Drum Painting, FSMC

2015 Strength and Prosperity, Drum Painting, Private Commission

Mobilizing Youth to Make a Difference Conference Logo, UNBC Health Sciences and Northern Health, Prince George BC

2014 Canada Winter Games 2015 Reverse of Medal Design, Canada Winter Games Society

Team BC Puzzle Pin, Shirt Sleeve and Scarf Designs, BC Games Society

Canada Games Plaza Welcome Post Clan Designs, Lheidli T’enneh & City of Prince George (In Kind)

2013 First Nations Art Templates, School District #57, Prince George, BC

Button Blanket Frog Clan Design, Private Collector, Prince George BC

Beavers, tattoo design, Private Commission, Prince George

2012

2015 Canada Winter Games Branding (contribution), Prince George, BC

A Recognizable Face, Calendar Fundraiser Contributing artist with the Community Arts Council and Prince George Public Library Body Painting, Prince George, BC

Nusdeh Yoh Logo, School District #57 Prince George, BC

Reclaimed Mural Project, facilitator/artist of a collaborative public mural comprised of a mosaic of panels by community artists, alley of 1120 3rd Avenue Prince George, BC

Columbia River Salmon, Tattoo Design, Private Commission

2011

Spirit Gate project at Veterans Plaza, a collaborative installation of a mosaic and dugout canoe on City Hall grounds in conjunction with Lheidli T’enneh Elder carver Robert Frederick, Prince George, BC

Lheidli T’enneh Clan Window Paintings, Tourism Prince George, Prince George, BC

Kikkino Language Book Logo Design, Prince George, BC

Yus Lai Huni (Wolf Pack) logo, Center for Learning Alternatives – School District #57, Prince George, BC

Life’s Circle and Ebolet Halhgai public murals, Creative Fusion Project (Volunteer), Studio 2880, Prince George BC

Stylized Cereus Flower, Personal Logo Design, Charlotte Henay, Prince George, BC

2010

CNC Fountain Project, College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC

Lheidli T’enneh Traditional Place Name Signs, coordinating and collaborating with Elders and Youth in the carving of five 8’x5’x.5’ cedar signs, Prince George, BC

Lheidli T’enneh Logo Alterations, Prince George, BC

2009 Lheidli T’enneh clan prints for gifts, Prince George BC

2008 Initiatives Prince George set of prints for display and gifts at the BC Pavilion in Beijing during the Olympics, Prince George, BC, CA / Beijing, China

2004 Carney Hill Elementary School Mural, Prince George BC commission

SusYaz logo, Prince George BC, commissioned by Troy Young

2000 Portrait Series of Three. John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr. Commissioned by Chuck Fraser, Prince George BC

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Awards and Achievements

2018 Top 40 Under 40, Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Prince George, BC

2017 Pounamu Taonga (Greenstone Treasure) Award, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

2016 Q, Alphabet Project, Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC

2014 Canada Winter Games National Medal Design Competition, Canada Winter Games Society

2013 CARFAC Feature Artist, CARFAC, BC

2012 Prince George Regional Art & Culture Award for Education, Prince George, BC

LTN Logo Contest, Prince George, BC

Northern British Columbia Today’s Woman’s Awards, Nominated for Aboriginal Woman of Distinction, Prince George, BC

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia – First Nations Careers Council Logo Design Contest 1st Prize, Surrey, BC

2011 Prince George Urban Aboriginal Working Group Logo Design Contest 1st Prize, Prince George, BC

2003 Province Of British Columbia District Scholarship Award, Government of British Columbia Ministry of Education, Victoria, BC

2000 Prince George Alcohol and Drug Services Society Logo Design Contest 1st Prize, Prince George, BC

School District No. 57 Native Student Services Logo Design Contest Winner, Prince George, BC

Youth Community Action Youth Options BC, Prince George, BC

1999 United Native Nations Local 112 4th Annual Aboriginal Minor Hockey Tournament Logo Design Contest Winner, Prince George, BC

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Artist Talks and Workshops

2018 “Writing Artists’ Biographies, Statements and CV’s”, Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective / Prince George Community Arts Council, Studio 2880, Prince George, BC

2016 Panelist for Art, Activism & Feminsm, University of Northern British Columbia’s Inspiring Women Among Us event, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2015 North: An Exhibition for the 2015 Winter Games, Group Exhibition, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2014 Panelist for Making a Living as Artists Creatively, CARFAC BC Engaging Arts Series 2014, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

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Professional Affiliations

2017 - present Omineca Arts Centre, Prince George, BC

Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective, Prince George, BC

2014 - present Prince George Community Arts Council – Studio 2880, Prince George, BC

2012 – present Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC

2012 – present Canadian Artists Representation / Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) – British Columbia Chapter, Canada

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Bibliography of Publications

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, “Graduation Catalogue 2005”, Vancouver, BC, 2005

Johnson, Donald. “Urban Spaces” catalogue, Vancouver BC, 2004.

Pearson. “Thinking it Through: A Social Studies Sourcebook”, textbook, Pearson Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario.

Pighin, Jennifer. “Four Lheidli T’enneh Families’ Experiences and Expectations of Public Education”, MA Thesis, Prince George, BC, 2016.

Pighin, Jennifer. “Urban Spaces” exhibition brochure/agenda, Vancouver, BC, 2004.

Prain, Leanne. “Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles”, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver BC, 2014, pp 128-129.

Prince George Secondary School annual Yearbook 2010/2011 and 2011/2012

Redwire Magazine, January 2005: Vol 7 Issue 2 The Greatest Indian pp.27-28. Vancouver, BC.

Thimbleberry Magazine, 2017. Prince George, BC.

Thimbleberry Magazine, 2018. Prince George, BC.

Thimbleberry Magazine, 2019. Prince George, BC.

Two Rivers Gallery. “Elapsed”. Prince George, BC, 2016

Thompson, Diana Lynn. “Alluvion: acts of intention and intervention,” catalogue, Equilibrium Studio, Saltspring Island BC, 2004.

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