Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal was born and raised in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a background in sculpture, fibres, interactive installation, and performance. She is the recipient of the National BMO Art! Competition Award of 2015 for her work Back into the Earth: Creation and the Interpretation of Meaning, which speaks to her core interests in community, family history, and our connections with Mother Earth. Since graduation in 2015, she attended Culture Camp at Blue Quills First Nations University, participated in the Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Urban Access to Aboriginal Art Program, she has attended the Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency 2016 in Banff, Alberta and will be featured in the upcoming 2017 Alberta Biennial.