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Portia Chapman Curriculum Vitae: The Arts

Portia “Po” Chapman CV 

Curriculum Vitae

Portia “Po” Chapman

Queen’s University Alumnus
BFAH (2019)
Medal in Visual Art (2019)
BEd, Concurrent (2020)
Artist in Community Education (ACE) (2020)

Phone: 613-779-7975
Location: Belleville, Ontario
Instagram: @loveartbypo

Queen’s: Where My Art Career Began

Po Receiving the Medal in Visual Art, BFAH Graduation 2019

2022 Faculty of Education
– Indigenous Initiatives Illustrations
2022 Mural for ASUS, Kingston Hall
2021 Website Landing Page Illustration
– National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
2021 Zoom/Microsoft Teams Background Illustration
– National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
2021 TRC Task Force Implementation Reports Year 4 Illustrations
2020 TRC Task Force Implementation Report Year 3 Illustrations
2020 Art That Inspires Virtual Exhibition
2017-2020 Six ConEd Visual Art Practicums
2019 The Studio, 7th Annual Exhibition
2019 Office of Indigenous Initiatives
– Illustrations
2019 Medal in Visual Art
2019 Thesis Installation 2
2018 Thesis Installations 1
2019 Cézanne’s Closet Fundraiser, Triptych
2018 Print Archive
2018 Two Union Gallery Exhibitions
2016 Union Gallery Exhibition
2018 ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies
– 2 Submissions, Vol 2
2017 ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies
– Cover Artist
2015 ASUS Front Desk Receptionist

Known Style & Method:

Portia’s Family’s Innovative Indigenous Spontaneous Art Form: hand drawn interpretive, storytelling images inspired by Traditional Knowledge, generational stories, community and Creation. Once drawn using a series of innate, sweeping body movements, images are printed, painted and/or digitally edited in various formats and colourations.

Preferred Mediums:

Hand Drum Making, Painting, Digital New Media, Drawing, Printing, Mixed Media, Sculpture/Installation

Current Works in Progress:

Academic Indigenous Resource Book Illustrations
Branding Icons / Logo – Queen’s Faculty of Education / Indigenous Teacher Education Program
5-Piece 14” Painted Hand Drum Collection, Acrylic on Elk Raw Hide and White Cedar
3-Piece 8″/10″/12″ Hand Drum Collection, Acrylic on Elk Raw Hide and White Cedar
Various Fibre Arts and Crafts Projects (Ongoing)

Artistic Professional Associations:

Member of the Quinte Arts Council
Ontario College of Teachers


2018 Print Archive, Queen’s, Ongoing


2020    BEd, I/S Visual Arts / First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, Queen’s
2020    Artist in Community Education Concentration, Queen’s
2019    BFAH, Visual Art Major / Indigenous Studies Minor, Queen’s

Additional Artistic Training:

2021   Intermediate Family Studies Teaching Qualification: “Clothing,” Queen’s
2020   Needle Felting Workshop, Kingston
2015-19  Guest Artist Talks and Workshops, The Agnes, Kingston
2015-17  Spontaneous Drawing Workshop, Tweed


2019    Medal in Visual Art (Top BFAH Graduate), Queen’s
2016    Tweed Agricultural Fair Arts & Crafts Awards
2015    Quinte Arts Council Arts Bursary
2015 Sisters of Providence Award for the Arts
2015    Best in Show – BDIA Juried Student Visual Art Competition 

BFAH Thesis Works:

2019   “Desk,” Dada Art Inspired Installation (white pine/black pipe): Canadian Indian Residential/Day School Healing & Awareness Statement Piece
2018   “Blossoming Beyond the [White] Box,” Installation 12’x10’x12′ – (found & mixed materials) : Breaking Free from the Confines of Colonial Institutionalization Statement Peace


2022 “Ways of Being in the World: The Indigenous Philosophy of Turtle Island,” Presentation Illustrations – Presentation by Dr. Andrea Clarke, University of Windsor
2021    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Landing Page Artwork, Queen’s
2021    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Zoom Background Artwork, Queen’s
2021 TRC Task Force Implementation Report Illustrations – Year 4, Queen’s
2020 TRC Task Force Implementation Report Illustrations – Year 3, Queen’s
2020    Indigenous Gathering Day, Poster Art, RND High School
2019    Indigenous Initiatives Website Illustrations, Queen’s
2018    ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies, Visual Art and Poem, Vol 2, Queen’s
2017    ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies, Cover Art and Visual Artworks, Vol 1, Queen’s
2016    Chapman, Portia: “A message from Portia Chapman, 2015 QAC Student Bursary Winner,” Quinte Arts Council Umbrella, vol. 26, no. 2, Summer, p. 26
2015    Logo Designer, Medigas Children with Cancer Fundraiser, Loyalist College, Belleville
2013-20 “Faith in Action” Logo, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Exhibitions and Public Performances:

2022 Queen’s University Kingston Hall, “My Creation” Mural (Permanent)
2020    Art That Inspires: The Studio Virtual Exhibition
2019    Seventh Annual Juried Art Exhibition, The Studio, Kingston
2019    The Juvenis Festival (invitation), Kingston
2019    Cézanne’s Closet Fundraiser, Union Gallery, Kingston
2018    Haptic/Optic Print Show, Union Gallery, Kingston
2018    Union Gallery Video Screening Event, Union Gallery, Kingston      
2018    Artfest Kingston (invitation), Kingston           
2017    Rolling on Campus: Public Performance, Queen’s
2017    Agora Gallery Representation (competition invitation), Chelsea, NYC        
2017    Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Display, Toronto             
2016    Tweed Agricultural Fair Competition, Tweed
2016    First Editions: Bookworks, Union Gallery, Kingston
2015    BDIA Downtown Exhibition, Belleville
2015    BDIA Juried Student Visual Art Show, Belleville

Artings Instructor and Art Workshop Leader:

2021         Visual Storytelling Workshop Leader, Loyola, Belleville
2020         Arting Leader, Scratchboard – Indigenous Art, Queen’s
2020         Logo Designer, Guest Speaker, Art Activity Leader, Indigenous Gathering Day, RNDCSS, Kingston
2016-17    Artings Co-Leader, Spontaneous Indigenous Ink Drawing, Tweed

Art Teaching, Presenting & Direction in Schools:

2020-21 Junior Kindergarten Teacher – Arts Focussed Curriculum, ALCDSB
2017-20 Art Teacher Placements, Visual Art / FNMI Art RNDCSS, Kingston
2019      Artistic Decorator, Dan School of Drama and Music Formal, Queen’s 
2019      Guest Presenter, What Life is Like as a BFA Student, Grades 11/12, Kingston
2017      Set Co-Designer, The Wizard of Oz, RNDCSS, Kingston


Belleville, Ontario, Canada

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