Painting / Fine Art, Community-Engaged Public Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Basic Web Design
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER & CURATOR
GRANT WRITER & CONSULTANT
Photo by Jonathan Thunder.
Moira (pronounced "Mee-Ree") Villiard is proficient in a variety of artistic genres, including portraiture, mural painting, illustration, graphic and digital design. She is also a community organizer, curator and passionate arts educator concentrating her efforts around issues of equity and justice including: arts access (giving voice to underrepresented communities within the arts), creative placemaking, environmental sustainability, youth empowerment, and acknowledgement of Indigenous land, culture, and history.
Currently she is focusing on creating her artwork full-time and working as a freelance consultant, designer, speaker, and grant-writer. She was broadly recognized in 2019, when she received the 2019 Duluth NAACP “Take a Stand for the Revolution” award, 2019 Emerging City Champions fellowship, Forecast Public Art 2019 Early-Career Project Grant, 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction award, and The Duluth News Tribune 20 under 40 award.
Her work has been featured in numerous shows in Duluth and around Minnesota, including her recent solo show, “Rights of the Child” at Zeitgeist, and group shows “Beyond Borders” at MacRostie Arts Center and “We the People” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She received her Bacheor's Degree in Communicating Arts (Global Studies Minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2016.
Villiard grew up in the wetlands of the Fond du Lac Reservation and until recently worked as the Arts & Cultural Programming Coordinator for the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). She is a Fond du Lac Ojibwe direct descendent (paternal lineage Higbee/Villiard) and of mixed European and Canadian Delaware Lenape ancestry on her mother's side (maternal lineage Stone/Stonefish/Fenicle).