Two people are on a lake with a family of trees behind them. They are dressed for the chilly weather as they look at each other and smile.
Still from The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, written and directed by Shelley Niro

The Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture Series: Shelley Niro

Reservations available October 12.

Listen to celebrated photographer and filmmaker Shelley Niro (Mohawk) discuss her career and artistic practice after a free screening of her 2019 feature-length film The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw.

Shelley Niro is a multi-disciplinary artist and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. Niro attended a graphic arts course for a while at Durham College in Oshawa, concentrating on photography, drawing, and art history. Years later, Niro went to Ontario College of Art in Toronto and graduated with honors. In 2019, she was given an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and Design University. In June 2023, she received a Doctorate of Law from Western University. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017, Niro received the Governor General’s Award for The Arts from Canada Council, the Scotiabank Photography Award, and the Hnatsyshyn Foundation Reveal Award. She became an honorary elder in the Indigenous Curatorial Collective. In 2019, Niro was the Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography. Niro has recently completed production on her film, CAFE DAUGHTER, which has received support from Telefilm Canada, the Indigenous Screen Office, Ontario Creates and The Northern Ontario Film Office. Niro’s visual works on canvas, paper, and film tackle the misconceptions or stereotypical portrayals of Native women.

Still from The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, written and directed by Shelley Niro