Tanya Harnett is a member of the Carry-The-Kettle First Nations in Saskatchewan.
She is an artist and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Design and in the Faculty of Native Studies. She works in various media including, photography, drawing, printmaking and fiber.
Harnett’s studio practice engages in notions about politics, identity, history, spirituality and place. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.
She participated in the creation of the University of Lethbridge BFA Native American Art (Studio) and the BFA Native American Art (Art History/Museum Studies) and she has contributed writings on Aboriginal Contemporary Art for Canadian Art Magazine. She is the recipient of various grants that include a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Canada Council for the Arts.
In 2015 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by the Lt. Governor General of Alberta. Harnett is an avid community supporter for Contemporary Aboriginal Artists.