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UMD Visual Culture Lecture Series 2021–2022: Moira Villiard

February 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Tuesday February 1, 2022 | MOIRA VILLIARD | Art Education | 6pm in Solon Campus Center 120 and on zoom

Moira Villiard Headshot

Moira Villiard is a dynamic multidisciplinary visual artist working in a variety of artistic genres, including portraiture, illustration, graphic and digital design and as a muralist.  She also is a community organizer, curator and passionate arts educator concentrating her efforts around issues of equity and justice including: arts access (giving voice to underrepresented communities within the arts), creative placemaking, environmental sustainability, youth empowerment, and acknowledgement of Indigenous land, culture, and history. Villiard is a Fond du Lac Ojibwe direct descendent and grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, MN. She received her BA Degree  in  Communicating  Arts  (Global  Studies Minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2016.

Moira (pronounced “Mee-Ree”) grew up in the wetlands of the Fond du Lac Reservation and until recently worked as the Arts & Cultural Programming Coordinator for the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). Currently she is focusing on creating her artwork full-time and working as a freelance consultant, designer, speaker, and grant-writer. She was broadly recognized in 2019, when she received the 2019 Duluth NAACP Take a Stand for the Revolution award, 2019 Emerging City Champions fellowship, Forecast Public Art 2019 Early-Career Project Grant, 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction award, and The Duluth News Tribune 20 under 40 award. Her work has been featured in numerous shows in Duluth and around Minnesota, including her recent solo show, Rights of the Child at Zeitgeist, and group shows Beyond Borders at MacRostie Arts Center and We the People at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

The IonE Community may recall Villiard’s art in the Common Art & Meeting space in 2019. Picture below.