Senior Curator (Retired)
Area: World Cultures, Canada, World Art & Culture
Exhibitions & Galleries: Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples
Dr. Trudy Nicks is Senior Curator in the World Cultures Department at the Royal Ontario Museum. She is the coordinating curator and curatorial contact for the Ainu, Philippines, Taiwan sections of the Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. She is also the curator responsible for the Evelyn Johnston Collection and contemporary First Peoples art in the Gallery of Canada: First Peoples.
Her areas of research include museum anthropology, the history of First Peoples in popular performances in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the development of First Peoples art and craft industries in the 20th century, and contemporary Canadian First Peoples art.
Dr. Nicks' exhibition projects include the ROM/Woodland Cultural Centre collaboration, Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values: Oronhyatekha, MD (2002), Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life (2002), Things that Fly, as part of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s Exhibition Program (2004), and consulting curator for Iroquois Beadwork - 'o'h ya'h ohdiwenda goh' - Through the Voices of Beads, as part of the ROM's Community Travelling Exhibition Program (2005).
Dr. Nicks worked extensively on the opening of the Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. Highlighting the artistic and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples from Africa, the American continents and the Asia-Pacific region, including Oceania. This is the first permanent home for these collections in over 30 years, with many of the 1,400 artifacts on display for the first time. The artifacts reveal aspects of spiritual and everyday life, clothing, commerce, sacred and secular ritual, and art of indigenous cultures. Rich with symbols of heritage and identity that continue to have meaning today, this gallery presents objects ranging from large and dramatic ceremonial masks and colourful robes to archaeological objects such as ceramics and basketry.