B.A. (Honours), Anthropology, McMaster University, 1976
M.A., Anthropology, McMaster University, 1996
Kenneth Lister received his B.A (Honours, 1976) and M.A. (1996) in Anthropology from McMaster University. He joined the Department of Ethnology at the ROM in 1978 and holds curatorial responsibility for several collections, including: Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast ethnographic collections of North America, the Native watercraft collection of canoes and kayaks, and the Paul Kane collection of sketches and oil paintings. Ken’s field research includes archaeological research in the Hudson Bay Lowland of northern Ontario, ethnographic research among the northern Ontario Cree and the Inuit of Baffin Island, and field studies relating to sites sketched by Paul Kane. The main focus of his work is oriented toward understanding the role of material culture within the context of traditional cultures.
Canada Collects: Treasures from Across the Nation. (October 6, 2007–January 6, 2008). Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall.
Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples. Curatorial Coordinator. Permanent Gallery opened December 2005.
Tuugaaq: Ivory Sculptures from the Eastern Canadian Arctic. (October 12, 2002–March 31, 2003). Gallery of Indigenous Peoples.
Paul Kane: Land Study, Studio View. (August 5, 2000–February 20, 2001). Sigmund Samuel Canadiana Gallery Feature Exhibition Space and Portrait Gallery.
Wilderness to Studio: Four Views of Paul Kane. (November 11, 1998–May 1, 1999). Sigmund Samuel Canadiana Gallery Feature Exhibition Space and Portrait Gallery.
In the Time of the Kayak: Hunting in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. (February 1994–January 1996). Gallery of Indigenous Peoples (inaugural exhibition).
Western Woods Cree Snowshoes. (July 1993–June 1994). From the Collections Gallery.
Arctic Bay Kayak Frame. (March 1992–April 1993). From the Collections Gallery.
"I Took His Likeness": The Paintings of Paul Kane. (April 1985–April 1986). Canadiana Building. Joint curation with Honor de Pencier.
Wilderness to Studio: The Work of Paul Kane. (April–September 1984). 1B Terrace Galleries.