Portia “Po” Chapman

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

Location: Kingston, Ontario
Instagram: @loveartbypo

Queen’s: Where My Art Career Began

Po Receiving the Medal in Visual Art, BFAH Graduation 2019

2022 Illustrations – Queen’s Faculty of Education
2022 The Queen’s Journal, Article
2022 Faculty of Education, Alumni Profile Online Article
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:

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

Current Works in Progress:

72″ D Circular Mural, Base 31, Picton – Reveal May 2023
15 Piece Painted Hand Drum Collection, Parrott Gallery, Belleville – Reveal October/November 2023

Artistic Professional Associations:

Prince Edward County Arts Council
Quinte Arts Council
Ontario College of Teachers


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


2023 Featured Artist, QAC Umbrella Arts Magazine, Print Publication Fall 2023
2023 Indigenous Philosophy Textbook Illustrator, “Ways of Being in the World: The Indigenous Philosophy of Turtle Island,” Broadview Press – Print Publication Date Summer/Fall 2023
2023 Featured Kingston Artist, Kingston IN Focus
2022 Arts Educator Bio, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre Website
2022 TRC Task Force Implementation Report Illustrations – Year 5, Queen’s
2022 Illustrations , Queen’s Faculty of Education
2022 Decoste, Desirée: “Base31 Flies High with Unveiling of Aviator’s Garden,” The Picton Gazette
2022 “Party at Base 31,” The Wellington Times
2022 “Portia Chapman Mural Unveiling,” Queen’s Faculty of Education Website
2022 Wrixon, Ben: “ASUS commissions “My Creation” mural: Indigenous artist Portia Chapman discusses work,” The Queen’s Journal
2022    Scruby, Claire: “Portia Chapman – Alumni Profile,” Queen’s Faculty of Education Alumni Newsletter, Winter
2022 “Ways of Being in the World: The Indigenous Philosophy of Turtle Island,” Presentation Illustrations – Presentation by Dr. Andrea Clarke, University of Windsor
2021 Land Acknowledgement Illustration, “From Input to Action: Your Voice Matters – Repot on the Student Experiences Survey 2021,” Queen’s University
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 2016, p. 26
2015 Arsenault, Jeanette: “Congratulations to this year’s QAC and Hugh P. O’Neil Student Bursary Winners,” Quinte Arts Council Umbrella, Summer 2015, p. 29
2015    Logo Designer, Medigas Children with Cancer Fundraiser, Loyalist College, Belleville
2013-20Faith in Action” Logo, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Exhibitions and Public Works:

2023 15 Piece Painted Hand Drum Exhibit, Reveal Fall 2023, The Parrott Gallery, Belleville
2023 Mural (Permanent), Reveal Spring 2023, Base 31, Picton
2022 “Warbler Watching” Mural (Permanent), Base 31 Aviator’s Garden, Picton
2022 Shifting Narratives, 14th Juried Show, The Parrott Gallery, Belleville
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

Artist Talks, Artings Instruction and Art Workshop Leading:

2023 Art Educator, March Break Camp, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
2022/23 Art Educator, Creation Station, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
2022 Artist Talk, “My Creation” Mural Unveiling, Queen’s
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:

2022/23 High School Visual / Media Art Supply Teacher, ALCDSB
2022 High School Visual Art Teacher, HPEDSB
2022 Itinerant Arts Teacher, JK-Gr. 8, ALCDSB
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


Kingston, Ontario, Canada