Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.
As a practicing visual artist, his work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including: Emergence from the Shadows – First Peoples Photographic Perspectives, Canadian Museum of Civilization (1996: Ottawa); Urban Myths: Aboriginal Artists in the City. Karsh-Masson Gallery (2000: Ottawa); The Dress Show, Leonard and Ellen Bina Art Gallery (2003: Montréal); Super Phat Nish, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (2006: Brandon); 50 Years of Pow wow, Castle Gallery (2006: New York); Playing Tricks, American Indian Community House Gallery (2006: New York); Home/land and Security, Render Art Gallery (2009: Waterloo); Meditations on Memory – A Metaphysical Dance. Alcove Gallery (2010: Ottawa International Airport);“m∂ntu’c – little spirits, little powers” Nordamerika Native Museum (2010: Zurich); Changing Hands 3 – Art Without Reservations (2012 -2014: Museum of Art and Design: New York); and Native Fashion Now: North American Native Style (2016 – 2017: Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts).
His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and abroad, including the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (Ottawa); Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford); Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto); Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa); The Canada Council Art Bank, (Ottawa); and the Nordamerika Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland).