Art Exhibitions & Awards


2024, Acadia University, Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa

2023 - NS Cobequid Arts Council's Lifetime Acheivement Awards, Truro NS

2015 - Bruce William Memorial Silver Fox Wildlife Art National Competition Winner

2014 - CAA Public Communications Award
Leonard has been recognized for his illustrations of PISIM finds her Miskanow

2010 - 2010 Winter Olympics Chosen Book of Nova Scotia

2009 - Canadian Literary Award Nominee

2003 - Submitted Design for Royal Canadian Mint

1999 - NS Art Council and Culture Heritage Art Travel Grant

1998 - Nova Scotia Art Council Grant

1997 - Canada Art Council Travel Grant

1997 - Nova Scotia Arts Council Travel Grants Federal Ducks Unlimited 1 Year Promotion

1996 - Canadian Arts Council Grants B - $17,000.00

1993 - Governor General’s Medal – For Excellence in Art

1990 - Mines and Resources Grant - $14,000.00

Governor General Medal, Canada
In 1983, Leonard Paul was recognized for his painting of environmental landscapes and became the recipient of the prestigious Canada’s Governor General Medal

Nomination for Lillian Shepherd Award for Illustrators
Leonard has been nominated for this award for his illustration of PISM finds her Miskanow. Read more

National Wildlife Art Competition
In 1998 Leonard submitted a sampling of his art to the national wildlife art competition sponsored by Federal Ducks Unlimited. Paul’s watercolour, Too Close For Comfort, was declared national art winner. His whimsical depiction of a pheasant fleeing out the other end of a rusty barrel as the fox was approaching too close became a year-long promotional showcase piece by Ducks Unlimited.

Too Close For Comfort, Leonard Paul, National Wildlife Art Competition Winner


1998 – ’99 - Arts Spots – CBC Production

1991 - Kwa’nute – National Film Board Production

Art Board/Committee Representative

2008 - Alberta Visual Arts Council Juror Committee

2008 - Board of Directors of Alberta QuickDraw Animation

2006 - Vice-Chairman of Alberta Society of Artists (S)

2002 - ’03 - Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Advisory Committee

1999 - Canadian Council for the Arts Juried Committee

1980 – ’91 - Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry

Art Exhibitions

2022 - Solo Art Exhibition, Hosted Chester Arts Centre, Chester NS

2022 - Stories and Mi'kmaq Legends, NS Camerata Choir Hosted, Halifax NS

2019 - National Parks Canada Mural Launching

2016 - Best Of Two Worlds, (Solo) Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Halifax

2015 - Leonard Paul, (Solo) Marigold Centre, Truro, Nova Scotia

2014 - Mi’kmaq Legends, (Solo) Mi’kmaq Cultural Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Millbrook

2014 - Return to Home (solo) Marigold Art Gallery, Truro, Nova Scotia

2013 - Pisim, (Solo) Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Manitoba

2005 - Mi’kmaq Legends, (Solo) Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax

2004 - Paintings of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Halifax

2001 - FoxTrail Art Exhibition, (SOLO) Fox Trail Art gallery

2000 - FoxTrail Art Exhibition, (SOLO) Fox Trail Art Gallery

1999 - FoxTrail Art Exhibition, (Solo) Fox Trail Art Gallery, Hantsport NS

1999 - Art Gallery Nova Scotia’s Permanent Art Collection, Halifax

1996 - Buckhorn Wildlife Art Exhibition, Peterborough ON

1995 - Spirit Winds Art Show, (SOLO) Wolfville

1993 - ‘Tendence ’93, Frankfurt, Germany

1993 - Pe’la’tukwey: Let Me…Tell a Story, Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Halifax

1992 - Land, Spirit, Power, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1992 - Atlantic Waterways Exhibition, (Solo) Mi’kmaq Heritage Art Gallery, Halifax

1991 - Still Moments: Leonard Paul, (Solo) Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolville

1989 - ’90 - In the Shadow of the Sun, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec

1989 - Leonard Paul Exhibition, Stepping Stones, Montreal, Quebec

1988 - Leonard Paul Exhibition, (Solo) Manuge Art Gallery

1987 - Third Biennial Native American Fine Arts Invitational The Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ

1986 - Ascending Culture, Department of Indian Affairs National Art Collection, Ottawa

1985 - Atlantic Region Indian Art Juried Exhibition, Manuge Art Gallery

1985 - Leonard Paul Exhibition, (Solo) Manuge Art Gallery, Halifax

1983 - Carriage House Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS

1983 - ’84 - Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada, United Nations Headquarters, New York

1983 - Maritime Indian Art Gallery, Doomsday Art Gallery, Halifax

1983 - Nova Scotia Art Bank Exhibition, Halifax

1982 - New Work by a New Generation, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1982 - Regional Realism, Art Gallery Mount Saint Vincent

1981 - Art Amerindian ’81: Juried Exhibition of Native Art, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

1980 - Zwicker’s Gallery Group Show, Moncton, NB

1979 - Landmark Gallery Group Exhibition, Fredericton, New Brunswick

1979 - Survival, Atlantic Style, Art Gallery Mount Saint Vincent

1978 - ’79 - Portrait of a People, (Solo) Art Gallery Mount Saint Vincent

1976 - Graphics Atlantic, Art gallery Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax Nova Scotia