Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship
The Eiteljorg Museum features the world’s foremost collection of contemporary Native American art. The museum’s commitment to contemporary fine art features sponsorship of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, which celebrates the established and emerging Native American artists of today.
The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship program engages artists, art historians, and scholars in an exploration and reinterpretation of Native American cultural and artistic traditions through biennial exhibitions, publications, and associated events. Since 1999, the Fellowship program has awarded over $1,125,000 in unrestricted grants and fueled the acquisition of more than 200 pieces of art by 45 contemporary artists to the permanent collection.

Visitors to the Eiteljorg Museum are invited to experience the new voices in Native American art through the Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition and the permanent contemporary collection at the Eiteljorg Museum.

2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artists

  • Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui), Invited Artist
    Mario Martinez Invited Artist, Mario Martinez is a Brooklyn, NY-based painter who received his BFA from Arizona State University, Tempe and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the recipient of prestigious awards such as a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and being named a Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL Artist. Martinez has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is found in collections such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tucson Museum of Art, and The Heard Museum.
  • Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee)
    Luzene HillLuzene Hill is a conceptual artist specializing in installation, sculpture, and drawing. She received her BFA and MFA from Western Carolina University. She has exhibited throughout the southeast United States and was a part of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 3, produced by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. Hill lives in Decauter, GA. 
  • Brenda Mallory (Cherokee)
    Brenda MalloryBrenda Mallory is a sculptor who lives in Portland, OR. She received her BA in Linguistics & English from the University of California, Los Angeles and her BFA in General Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Mallory has exhibited extensively throughout the northwest United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as the Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Grant and a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, OR. 
  • Da‐ka‐xeen Mehner (Tlingit)
    Da-ka-xeen MehnerDa-ka-xeen Mehner is a multi-media artist who uses mediums such as sculpture, installation, photography, and film. He received his AA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM; BFA in Studio Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; and MFA in Native Arts from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Mehner is a 2014 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellow in Visual Arts.  He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Native Arts and Alaska Native Art History at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee)
    Holly WilsonHolly Wilson is a sculptor based in Mustang, OK. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) and her MA in Ceramics and MFA in Sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Wilson has shown throughout the United States and extensively in Oklahoma and Texas. From 2009-2014, she was a member of the Urban Indian 5

Click here to learn more about past Fellowships.

Click here to see the former Fellowship website.
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