About Don Russell
- 1970 Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada
- 1978 Moved to Windsor, Ontario
- 1989 Began studies at the University of Guelph
- 1995 Living and painting in Guelph
- 1997 Began to exhibit professionally
- 2001 – 2002 Advanced Studies Programme, Dundas Valley School of Art
- 1989 – 1995 Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, Specialized Fine Arts
Awards & Grants
- 2010 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
- 2005 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
- 1999 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
- 1998 Artist Production Grant – Métis Cultural Development Initiative
- 2006 Artistic Director of mural project commissioned by the University of Guelph South Residence Student Association: University of Guelph Aboriginal student artists produced original murals highlighting educational perspectives from various Aboriginal cultures.
- 2002 Teaching assistant with foundation year students at the Dundas Valley School of Art
- 1999 – Conducted a training workshop with Aboriginal youth group in Guelph, Ontario: Within a workshop context developed a large-scale encaustic painting which is now touring throughout 16 Ontario First Nations’ communities.
- 1997 – 1998 – Conducted painting/drawing workshops with Native Sons prison Group at the Guelph Correctional Center, Guelph, Ontario: Workshops for incarcerated men were based on learning and practicing various encaustic methods of painting and drawing as well as water media ( watercolor and acrylic) painting methods within an Aboriginal context.
- Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
- University of Guelph, Aboriginal Resource Centre
- National Commission Project, Canadiana Fund
- University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
- MacMaster University Medical Centre
- Burgundy Assets