Jason Baerg (Cree-Métis),  Kîsik Pimiskanaw | ᑮᓯᐠ ᐱᒥᐢᑲᓇ | Sky Trail, 2014. Acrylic on laser cut steel. Museum of Art Collection Trust, 2021.
Detail of triptych by Jason Baerg Triptych by Jason Baerg

we are made of stardust

we are made of stardust explores our relationship with the cosmos.

Rooted in Indigenous cosmologies and astronomy, the artworks included in this exhibition visually express how Indigenous peoples make sense of their place in the universe through relating to and reflecting on the sun, the moon, the stars, and all celestial beings in the night sky.

Artists: Patrick Amos, Germaine Arnaktauyok, Kenojuak Ashevak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Jason Baerg, Carl Beam, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Christian Chapman, Barry Coffin, Robert Davidson, Beau Dick, Skawennati Fragnito, Terran Last Gun, Rita Letendre, Linda Lomahaftewa, Michael McCabe, Meryl McMaster, John Noestheden, Susan A. Point, Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Kevin Red Star, Pitaloosie Saila, Ken Tohee, Unknown Artist



PANEL TALK – Perspectives from Indigenous Skywatchers
Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
A conversation about Indigenous astronomy with Wilfred Buck, Melanie Demers, and Laurie Rousseau-Nepton. Moderated by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art at McMaster Museum of Art and Dr. Robert Cockcroft, Assistant Professor / Director, William J. McCallion Planetarium.

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Thursday, October 6th, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
An evening of celestially-inspired music and art presented in conjunction with the exhibition we are made of stardust.
Featuring LIVE music by Lacey Hill, Blue Moon Marquee, and a wearable art market!



Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unfortunately having to cancel the Haudenousaunee star stories event with Tom Deer and Rob Cockcroft planned for November 19th. The museum will still be open on the 19th from 12pm-5pm however, and we encourage you to visit and view the we are made of stardust exhibition.


Curated by: Rhéanne Chartrand

August 16, 2022 – December 02, 2022

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


A collaged and layered photograph of the Grand River floats in the centre of a black background, along with the words: Arenhátyen tsi ní:tsi teyottenyonhátye’ kwató:ken tsi nī:tsi yonkwa’nikonhrayén:ta’s Image courtesy of Courtney Skye. The list of artists is displayed along the bottom: Dakota Brant, Denny Doolittle, Elizabeth Doxtater, Kaya Hill, Rick Hill, Arnold Jacobs, Ken Maracle, Shelley Niro, Protect The Tract Artist Collective, Steve Smith, Greg Staats, Kristen E. Summers, Jeff Thomas

We Remain Certain
Arenhátyen tsi ní:tsi teyottenyonhátye’ kwató:ken tsi nī:tsi yonkwa’nikonhrayén:ta’s

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Two artworks suspended in a grey background; Nicholas Baier's Octobre, and Shelley Niro's Nature's Wild Children.


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Artist Mike MacDonald in Gage Park, photo captured by Dianne Bos.

Lisa Myers: Finding what Grows

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The SUMMA 2023 logo is an overlapping triple diamond design, featuring shapes coloured in gradient from red to yellow, purple to pink, and green to blue. The logo is suspended in the centre of a background consisting of a pink and blue swirling gradient.

SUMMA 2023 – Where We Intersect: Identities, Environments, Activisms

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Screen grab of the virtual artwork refuge (SIREN), by nichola feldman-kiss & Matheuszik with SPATIAL-ESK. The image shows an underwater landscape with an iceberg, floating scales, and a far away architectural structure surrounded by floating stools.

nichola feldman-kiss / refuge (SIREN)

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A black, cone shaped piece of earthen material floating against a black background

Chris Myhr: Salients

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Artwork by Shake n Make and Adriana Kupier against a white background


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Black and white photo collage of the artist collective The Contemporaries

The Contemporaries: This Must Be The Place

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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

View digital image requirements


Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
University Ave, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6


The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2023-24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens on June 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • September 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET


Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work