MARCH 9, 1953


Born on Red Pheasant First Nation reserve, Saskatchewan, Gerald attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Minneapolis College of Art and Design), and master’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology (Carleton University, Ottawa).  As a curator, McMaster coordinated the Indian Art Program at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan (1978-81).  In 1981, he became curator of Contemporary Indian Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC), Ottawa, curating: INDIGENA, CMC; Inuit Modern, Art Gallery of Ontario (2011); and Edward Poitras’s Biennale di Venezia exhibition (1997).  With the National Museum of the American Indian, New York City, Gerald curated First American Art (2004) and New Tribe/New York (2005).  He curated at the Art Gallery of Ontario until 2012.  In 2005, McMaster was awarded the Order of Canada and received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. 

Source:  Curriculum Vitae, The Canadian Art Database, The Centre for Canadian Art.  Retrieved 11/18/2020,
Photo:  Uvysdi, 11/2015. Public Domain.    

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