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Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural - Art In This Present Moment

Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural - Art In This Present Moment

The Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural in Duluth, led by artist Moira Villiard, visually tells the story of a community and the descendants of Chief Buffalo, remembered as a prominent figure that led the Anishinaabe to permanent resettlement in northern Minnesota. Started in 2019, this project also features work from other artists such as Michelle Defoe (Red Cliff Ojibwe), Awanigiizhik Bruce (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe), and Sylvia Houle (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe). This project is part of Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. We provided grants to three Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations to fund work by BIPOC artists who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft. About the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation believes in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities. With roots in Saint Paul and partners across the state, it is Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, nonprofits and community organizations. The Foundation aspires to create an equitable, just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive by inspiring generosity, advocating for equity, and investing in community-led solutions. Visit: LinkedIn: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: #CommunityFoundation #Minnesota #SaintPaul #Foundation #Philanthropy
Articles & Miscellaneous Press

Art, Water & Reciprocity

MN Artists / Emily Levang

December 5, 2023

Hopes High for Future of Indigenous Films Night


October 20, 2023

Online Listening Sessions Planned for Ojibwe-themed mural in Chisholm

Mesabi Tribune

September 7, 2023

Around the Circle this Week 

Lake Superior Magazine

May 11, 2023 

Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk among Depot Foundation award recipients

Duluth News Tribune

May 1, 2023

Moira Villiard: People and Space

MN Artists / Jerome Fellowship Interview

April 28, 2023

Minnesota's First Nonbinary Legislator on What Led them to Public Service

MPR News (artwork referenced)

June 20, 2023

Meet Moira Villiard

Canvas Rebel

February 23, 2023

Free Bus Rides in Honor of Transit Equity Day

Fox 21 News

February 23, 2023

Duluth Best Bets: Waiting for Beds

Duluth News Tribune

February 13, 2023

8th Annual Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women


February 14, 2023

A Penny for Your Art: Stamped Pennies Showcasing Local Artist

Northern News Now

January 28, 2023

My Retirement Fund in Squished Pennies

Perfect Duluth Day / David Beard

January 31, 2023


Artists & Museum Index

Penny Press Project

The News Leaders

December 14, 2022

Chief Buffalo Murals: Art in this Present Moment

Perfect Duluth Day

December 8, 2022

Why Indigenous creatives chose opera to celebrate a Dakota activist and artist

The Current

November 23, 2022

Artists work in the shadows

Pine Knot News

November 22, 2022


Duluth Artist Designs Billboards as Part of Timberwolves “Own Every Canvas” Campaign

FOX 21 News

November 21, 2022

Touchstone Honoree: Duluth Art Institute helps inspire young people to take action through art


October 14, 2022

Best Bets - Chief Buffalo & AICHO Art Show

Duluth News Tribune

September 19, 2022

Chief Buffalo Mural Unveiled

Fox21 News

September 14, 2022

Chief Buffalo Celebration will include mural unveiling, feast, forum

Business North

September 14, 2022

Selective Focus: Chief Buffalo Memorial Murals

Perfect Duluth Day

September 13, 2022

Best Bets - Chief Buffalo

Duluth News Tribune

September 12, 2022

Chief Buffalo Mural to be Unveiled in Downtown Duluth Park


September 9, 2022

Duluth mural project connects city to its Ojibwe history
MPR News

July 14, 2022

Youth from Red Cliff Help Paint the Chief Buffalo Mural Project

FOX 21 News

July 13, 2022

Free Range Film Festival returns to Wrenshall - Duluth News Tribune

June 20, 2022

Rights of the Child Live Forum

Watermark Arts Center

April 9, 2022

Meet Moira Villiard

VoyageMinnesota Magazine

March 17, 2022

The Waters of Tomorrow
MN Women's Press

February 28, 2022

Radio Interview: Native Muralists

Native America Calling

July 22, 2022

Black Magic is on display for all 


Sept 8, 2022

Unique Places to Install a Mural in Your Home

Redfin Blog

March 1, 2022

Local Artists and Youth Produce Mural Painting

Fox 21 News

June 9, 2022

Painting the Future: Giant, colorful mural unveiled in Duluth

Northern News Now

June 9, 2022

Minnesota Historia: Episode 6 (Chief Buffalo)

May 2022


Best Arts And Entertainment of 2021: Chief Buffalo Murals and Madweyaashkaa

Duluth News Tribune

December 28, 2021


Community forum on Children's rights at Phipps


December 15, 2021

New Murals are being painted at Gitchi-Ode Akiing Park

September 19, 2021


Artist Profile: Moira Villiard

Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio

Duluth artist's large-scale projection coming to a local wall

Duluth News Tribune

Best of MN 2021

Minnesota Monthly Magazine

November 3, 2021

Live interview on Madweyaashkaa

Indigeneity Rising with Roy Taylor, KFAI

February 17, 2021


Introducing ACLU-MN “Be A Voter” Posters


October 2020


Lincoln Park Mural Project

Perfect Duluth Day

October 2020


UMD professors creating historic archive of COVID-19


October 2020


Paintings by Moira Villiard at New York Mills Cultural Center

Perham Focus

October 2020


New York Mills art center hosts exhibit

Brainerd Dispatch

October 2020


Creating Apart: Moira Villiard

Perfect Duluth Day

September 2020


‘The Rights of the Child’ Gallery Exhibit

New York Mills Cultural Center

September 2020

Where's Art? with Annie Dugan: "creating a framework for others to have a voice"


September 2020

Reporters' roundtable: Wildfire, census and entertainment

Indian Country Today

September 2020

Featured in roundtable discussion on the Lincoln Park mural


Where's Art: with Moira Villiard

KUMD 103.3

October 18, 2021

On Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard

Open Rivers Magazine, page 50

Spring 2021

Duluth Muralist brings new movement to her work in a recent show

Duluth News Tribune

Art Hounds

MPR News

January 2021

Moira Villiard during Arts Industry Social Hour

Downtown Duluth Arts Crawl 

July 2021

Coffee with a Ranger

Mississippi National River & Recreation

February 2021

Tapestry: How does art transform from within?

MN Women's Press

April 23, 2021

Chief Buffalo Mural Project Kicks Off with Feast, Blessing


August 21, 2019


Duluth artist Moira Villiard draws creativity out of community

Duluth News Tribune

August 10, 2019

Front page of the Duluth News Tribune - overview of crosswalk murals as well as my life.


Volunteers Paint Murals at Duluth Hillside Crosswalks


June 26, 2019


Painting Intersections to Slow Drivers Down


July 21, 2019


Creative Crosswalk Program Brings Art and Safety to Hillside


June 2019


Creative Crosswalk coming to Hillside

Duluth News Tribune

May 2019


Bringing Missing Indigenous Women Home, Through Art


January 4, 2019

Rural Arts & Culture Summit

MN Women's Press

October 27, 2019


AICHO Indigenous Youth Photos Make Up 2019 Calendar


November 30 2018


AICHO art show features works by women of color 

Duluth News Tribune



A Natural Fit

Power of Minnesota  

August 2018  

Documentary short with a brief interview

Authored Blog Posts on Perfect Duluth Day 

Moira Villiard  

April 2018


Native Women Honors Those Lost to Violence Through Art


February 2018

Article features one of my images.


A Young Artist Embracing Color, Love and Light 

The Woman Today

January 2018


Radio interview: WPR People of Color: Moira Villiard on Upcoming Mural Unveiling 

Wisconsin Public Radio

September 2017


The Art of Indigenous Resistance Opening Reception in Los Angeles 

The California Endowment

August 2017


Radio interview: WPR People of Color: A Night for Natives | Heavy Metal 

Wisconsin Public Radio

June 8, 2017  

WPR People of Color: Interview with Moira Villiard 

April 2017


Artist Profile: Meet a Creative 

Blackbird Revolt  




All Black Zine

December 1, 2016


Selective Focus: Moira Villiard 

Perfect Duluth Day

June 3, 2016


All Black Zine

May 2016


"The Art of Making Mistakes" by Moira Villiard 

All Black Zine

January 2016


Inspire Magazine (South Africa) 

October 2015


The Painter and the Song 

Musings with Mary

January 2015

Poem written about my live painting process during Adam Sippola's album release concert. 


An Introduction to Painter Moira Villiard's Brilliant World (Part I) (Part II)

Pioneer Productions

January 2015

Ladyslipper at the Red Herring; Arte de Moira 

Perfect Duluth Day

December 2014


Spotify and Talenthouse Partner to Showcase the Power of Music 


October 2014

Features one of my images on display at a Spotify music exhibit in London. 


Goody Night Video Trailer 

DanSan Creatives

August 2014

Video promotion for Goody Night 


Blog review: Going to Luxembourg to honor our warriors 

Indian Country News


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