Shawna Kiesman


Shawna Kiesman First Nations Artist  Tsm'syen and Nisga'a Emily Carr University of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts


Shawna Kiesman is a Tsm'syen/Nisga'a Artist. She graduated from Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Arts receiving her diploma in First Nations Fine Arts. Kiesman continued her education at Emily Carr University of Art + Design to gain her Bachelor of Fine Arts and further develop her artistic skills. Kiesman has received several awards including the Audain Entrance Scholarship and BC Arts Council Scholarship and since graduating, Shawna’s career as an artist has continued to thrive, having successfully received a grant from First Peoples' Cultural Council and she has to attended RBC Audain Museum Emerging Artist Program, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Bonnie McComb Kreye Studio Residencies. Shawna continues to explore her art practice using the mediums of digital art, textiles, drawing and painting.

As a Female First Nations artist, I create artwork that expresses my individual story and shares my ancestors' stories. Every piece I create, I look at it as opportunities to learn and fully understand the complexities of my culture's visual language . It is a process of reclaiming my cultural identity. My teachers have shared the foundations of the traditional art form, now I can continue the journey to share my voice through my artwork and honour my ancestors.”