Mose Desmoulins

Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence

In collaboration with 7th Generation Image Makers, supported by the Dept. of Arts, Culture & Media

The DMG is excited to be working with Mose Desmoulins as the 2022/2023 Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence. Now in its fifth year, the program aims to support and deepen the practice of a young Indigenous artist, help with building relationships within the art community, and open up possibilities around post-secondary education.


Mose Desmoulins is an Ojibway artist from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation (formerly Pic River). In 2020, he graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Media Production. He currently works with MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.) as a graphic designer. Over the past five years, he’s helped bring many new commercial products to market, and worked on marketing campaigns for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, TSN, Bardown, and many more.

Mose uses his artistic practice to explore how imagery and symbols within popular culture influence our everyday thinking and beliefs. The research and work created through his residency will explore and confront the appropriation of Indigenous culture by sports teams in their names and mascots, finding ways to reclaim and rewrite these harmful cultural and historical narratives.

Mose will continue to grow his practice as an upcoming artist-in-residence within the Harbourfront Centre's Craft and Design program, and as a member of the Toronto Art Foundation's ArtWorksTO program. Through these opportunities, Mose looks forward to building on the body of work he started through the Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence program.


The Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence Program is a collaboration between the Doris McCarthy Gallery and 7th Generation Image Makers (a program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto), supported by the University of Toronto Scarborough Department of Arts, Culture and Media. The program aims to support the practice of a young Indigenous artist by offering paid studio time, professional development opportunities, and mentorship by Doris McCarthy Gallery staff, U of T Scarborough faculty and professional artists, as well as the opportunity to audit a course at the University of Toronto Scarborough and access other University resources (facilities, events, staff & faculty).