Profile: Cass Gardiner Curator Last Update:June 21, 2018

Cass Gardiner, Crafted Strangers Exhibition 5, 2017, Benchspace Gallery, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, North Carolina, September 2017 - January 2018. Installation documentation by Steve Mann.

Cass Gardiner is an Anishinaabe Algonquin curator, artist, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of Matters Unsettled, a curatorial collective that uses the gallery to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging focusing on marginalized people. Gardiner was a 2017 Emerging Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

Her inaugural show with Matters Unsettled, Crafted Strangers, was at the CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery in Fall 2017. Her critically acclaimed film The Edible Indian has screened in classrooms and theatres internationally and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 American Indian Film Festival. Gardiner holds an MFA from Ryerson University and a BA from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.