In her curatorial and writing practice Cathy Mattes focuses on Indigenous issues and art, and explores concepts of community and the dialogical nature of art engagement. Several examples are: Inheritance: Amy Malbeuf (2017, Kelowna Art Gallery), Frontrunners (2011, Urban Shaman Gallery and Plug-In ICA) Blanche: KC Adams & Jonathan Jones (2008, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney Australia), and Rockstars & Wannabes (2007, Urban Shaman Gallery). Mattes has contributed writings to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, and Gallery 101 to name some. In 2010 she was chosen to be a delegate on the Canada Council Aboriginal Curators Delegation to New Zealand and Australia and has presented lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to her freelance work Mattes was the curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba between 2003 and 2005, and has been a consultant for various government agencies and arts organizations. Mattes is an Associate Professor teaching art history at Brandon University in the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department, and is completing her PhD studies at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies. She is a proud Michif living in Southwest Manitoba.