Gail Tremblay

Gail TremblayEducation

Faculty, The Evergreen State College
BFA, University of New Hampshire
MFA Creative Writing, University of Oregon, 1969


Gail Tremblay on Wikipedia

Biographical Note

Gail Tremblay is of Onondaga and Micmac ancestry. She resides in Olympia, WA and has been contributing to the arts and cultural life of Washington state for over twenty years. She shares her unique vision through her multi-media visual works, art installations, critical writing and poetry. She is a professor at The Evergreen State College, where she has mentored hundreds of students in the fields of visual arts, writing, Native American and cultural studies. She has served the larger artistic community as a member and president of the National Board of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and received a national "Mid-Career Art Award" from that organization in 1993. Her influence has been felt on the international level through her two trips to China as part of women artists’ delegations, and her exhibitions in Switzerland in 1985, in China in 1995, in Mexico in 1998, and the Czech Republic in 2000. Her visual art has been featured in Washington in over 40 group and solo exhibits and throughout the nation in an additional 60 exhibits. Her writing and art have been published in more than 50 different books, journals, and periodicals, and she is in great demand as a lecturer and workshop presenter. She has worked for thirty years to assure that issues of diversity and gender equality are addressed in the teaching of art, in the writing of art criticism and art history, in the curating of exhibits, and in the granting of public and private funding to artists and art institutions. From Froelick Gallery Bio

Publication Types

Poetry, Non-Fiction

Farther from and Too Close to HomePublication Titles

Farther from and Too Close to Home, Lone Willow Press, (Omaha, NE) coming in 2014
Joe Fedderson: Vital Signs
University of Washington Press, 2008
Carriers of Culture, Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian, Summer 2006,
Vol. 7, No. 2
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (Kegodonce Press, 2003), 2 poems
Indian Singing:Poems by Gail Tremblay, (Revised Edition) Calyx Press, Corvallis, OR, 1998
Returning the Gift Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers Festival (The University of Arizona Press, 1994)  
Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Dropout Culture (Automedia/AK Pr), 1994
Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Woman’s Poetry (The Nature Company), 1994
CALYX Journal, Vol 17, no.1, 1993
Indian Singing in Twentieth Century America, Calyx Press, Corvallis, OR, 1990
Talking to the Grandfathers, (a book length collection of poems) in Annex 21, Number 3, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1981

Poems published:
Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry
The 1981 Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry
Dancing on the Rim of the World
Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry
by John Fredrick Nims
New Voices from the Longhouse edited by Joseph Bruchac
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers Festival (The University of Arizona Press, 1994)

Book, essays and chapters on other artists:
I have published articles about various artists in catalogues and art magazines including Art Papers, Reflex, and, New Art Examiner, and chapters or essays in the books Native American Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Alan Houser edited by Truman Lowe, curator at the National Museum of the American Indian; “Indigenous Identities: Diverse Visions” in Women Artists in the American West edited by Susan Ressler; essays Diverse Works, A History of American Craft 1921-1945 edited by Janet Kardon and Partial Recall edited by Lucy Lippard,. I did the essay on Corwin Clairmont for Pathbreakers, the 2003 Eitlejorg Fellowship Catalogue and the essay on Jim Denomie for Art Quantum, the 2009 Eiteljorg

Fellowship Catalogue, both published by University of Washington Press. I also did the principle article on Joe Feddersen’s art work for his book, Joe Feddersen:Vital Signs, published by the University of Washington Press as part of its Jacob Lawrence Series in 2008, and wrote the principle article and edited the catalogue Spirits Keep Whistling Us Home on the work of Lillian Pitt for her touring Survey Show.

Books and catalogues:
Mithlo, Nancy Marie, senior editor. Manifestaions: New Native Art Criticism, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 2012
Platt,Susan. Art and Politics Now. Midmarch Press, 2011
Trafzer, Clifford E. and McMaster, Gerald, eds., Native Universe: Voices of Indian   America., National Museum of the American Indian, 2004
Phoebe Farris, editor. Women Artist of Color: a biocritical sourcebook to 20th Century artists in the Americass, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1999
Penney, David, Native American Art Masterpieces, Hugh Lautner Levin Assoc,, Inc., 1997.
Penney, David and Longfish, George, Native American Art, , Hugh Lautner Levin Assoc,, Inc., 1994

Exhibit Catalogues:
On the Trails of the Iroquois, Catalogue, Nicolai Velag, Berlin, Germany, 2013
Taubman, Ellen N. editor, Changing Hands 3:Art Without Reservations. Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, 2012
National Basketry Organization, eds. All Things Considered VI Exhibition Catalog, 2011
Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010
, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, 2010
Tattered Cultures’ at the Academy Art Center, Artweek, November Vol.39 Issue 9, 2008