Accolades

2016

  • Riel designed the “Blue Horse” logo, a program that teaches life skills through horses.
  • Riel designed the logo for “Neechi Rides”, an alternative transportation service in Winnipeg, MB, created to keep native women safe.
  • Donated art to raise money, for A young hockey player from my home reserve Birdtail Sioux, so he can play hockey in Europe.
  • Painted a commissioned portrait of Frank Mckay of Sioux Valley. For his longtime service as Chief of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service.
  • In March 2016 Riel celebrated 20 years of painting, from 1996 to 2016.

2015

  • Participated in the annual group show “Gallery in the Garden” Birtle, Manitoba 2015
  • Donated work to The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s Annual Art Auction, 2015
  • Riel Benn’s series “The Best Man” was featured on an online art study course, at Carleton University in the summer of 2015.
  • Riel completed “The Classic Rock” series, a body of work featuring 19 bands and songs that merge with native issues.

 

2014

  • Illustrated The Alex Grisdale stories for The Manitoba First Nations Education Resorce Centre.
  • Participated in the 2014 “Gallery in the Garden” group show. Birtle, MB
  • Designed the cover art for the book “The Long Tent of Life” by James Settee Jr. for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.

2013

  • Participated in the 2013 “Gallery in the Garden” group show.
  • Designed the cover art for ‘Iye Ohdakapi: Manitoba Dakota Elders, Their Stories. By Craig Fontaine of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.
  • Designed the Cover art for the Manitoba First Nations Pavilion Magazine, featured at Folklarama. Winnipeg, MB

2012

  • Art workshop with Birdtail Sioux youth on Suicide Prevention.

2011

  • Launched the website artofthebutterfly.com
  • Participated in a local group show titled “Gallery in the Garden”.
  • Participated in the Aboriginal Showcase: Spirit of All Nations, Brandon Fair. Brandon, Manitoba
  • Presented work at Brandon Hospital`s Suicide Prevention program.
  • Painted teepee for The Birdtail Medical Healing Program.
  • Commissioned to do a series of paintings for Sioux Valley Governance.

2010

2009

  • Asked by Vancouver Olympic Committee to design a sculptor for the 2010 Winter Olympics in a collaborative project with nine other artists.
  • Carves individual Raven sculptor for Vancouver Olympic group show.
  • Art mentioned and shown on television series “MTV Cribs

2008

2007

  • Featured in “Canadian Dimension” magazine.
  • “The Best Man” paintings are presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Native Arts Studies Association in Fairbanks, Alaska, by Professor Allan J. Ryan, Carleton University.

2006

  • Exhibited at the Redshift Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in a show entitled “Alter Ego” based on “The Best Man” series.
  • Guest lecturer at “The New Sun Conference“, hosted by Professor Allan J. Ryan, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Donated work to the Residential School Conference, Waywayseecappo, Manitoba.
  • Donated painting given to Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief, Phil Fontaine.
  • Exhibited at University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Art Gallery in a group show entitled, “No Word For Goodbye”.

2005

  • Featured on Zed TV
  • Workshop on portraiture, Dean Godfrey Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
  • Exhibited at The Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a group show entitled “About Face”.
  • “The Magazine Series” starts it’s two-year tour of Saskatchewan, “showing” throughout 23 communities.

2004

2003

  • Featured in “SAY” Magazine
  • Attended “Nations In A Circle” exhibit and sale in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Conducted workshops in Manitoba high schools, serving as a role model and teaching art techniques to art students.
  • Exhibited at the Wasagaming Community Arts Centre, in Riding Mountian National Park, Manitoba with a show entitled “The Fact, The Fictitious, The Fantastic”.
  • Exhibited at the Heritage Arts Centre in Hamiota, Manitoba.
  • Studied printmaking with Leonard Beam, brother of the late Carl Beam.

2002

  • Exhibited at Manitoba Art Network’s show in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Featured exhibitor at Juried Art Show in Russell, Manitoba.
  • Speaking engagements with aboriginal youth in Brandon, Manitoba.
  • Conducted workshops at Drop In Youth Centre for aspiring young artists at Art City, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Participated in Urban Shaman Gallery`s exhibit entitled, “The Great Dog Race” featuring original artwork of fictitious sports team jerseys.
  • ImagiNation Cards features four of Riel’s paintings on their greeting cards.
  • Featured on CTV’s Indigenous Circle television series.
  • Exhibited at the Manitoba Art Exposition, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Keynote speaker at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s career symposium, “Blueprint For The Future” in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Secured exhibit for “The Magazine Series” in Moose Jaw, which travelled throughout Saskatchewan between 2005 and 2007.

2001

2000

  • Solo exhibit at the Brandon Friendship Centre that included 60 original works.
  • Nominated for a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
  • Featured on the television series “The Sharing Circle“.
  • Solo exhibit at The Virden Train Station Art Centre, Virden, Manitoba.
  • First significant international sale to a private collection in Italy.
  • Solo exhibit entitled “Riel’s Rebellion” at Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Commissioned by “Big Soul” Productions to design the awards they would give to sponsors of their television series at it’s premiere.
  • Featured in Toronto, Ontario magazine – “Your Source“.

 

1999

1998

  • Exhibits for the first time in a local group show and places third – Birtle, Manitoba.
  • Invited by Brandon University to exhibit at “Voice of the Drum”, an international summer institute in aboriginal education.
  • Sells to international buyers for the first time, from Australia and New Zealand.
  • Exhibits at “Prarie Lane Shops” in Brandon, Manitoba.
  • Invited by the “Institute of American Indian Arts” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, met with facility president, board members and faculty of the institute.
  • Exhibits at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at the Skydome, Toronto, Ontario.

 

 

 

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