Photo: Mary Okheena


drawing, printmaking, textile

Artistic Community:

Ulukhaktok (Holman), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.




Mary Okheena is a prominent graphic artist based in Ulukhaktok (Holman), NT who also creates wall hangings and embroidered pieces. Okheena’s work mostly focuses on playful visual narratives between animal and human figures, where she pushes the boundaries of abstraction and combines historical and modern references. In 1977 she sold her first drawing and it was also at this time that she began making prints at the Holman Print Shop. Over the span of Okheena's career to date, over 70 of her drawings have been made into prints, 36 of which she has printed herself.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Printed Matters: Unearthing the Ulukhaktok Archive Fall 2018 Katheryn Wabegijig
Regenerations: The Graphic Arts of Three Young Artists Winter 1998 Annalisa R. Seagrave
The Printmaking Studios, Holman: An Extension of the Oral Tradition Summer 1998 IAQ


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Living Landscapes Sept 11 - Nov 5, 2006 Carleton University Art Gallery
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada May - Sept 1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Inuit Art: Tradition and Regeneration Dec 1992 - May 1993 Canadian Museum of History


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Bank of Montreal 1st Art: Northwest Territories Award Winner 2006 Bank of Montreal
Holman Annual Print Collection 1996
Holman Annual Print Collection 1994

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Gallery Philip Toronto, ON
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada