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1999 Fellows

Past Fellows: 1999

  • George Morrison (1919—2000, Grand Portage Ojibwe)

    George MorrisonMorrison was born on the Grand Portage reservation near Chippewa City, Minnesota.  He showed artistic promise from a young age and won a tribal scholarship to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  In 1943, he received the Van Derlip traveling scholarship from the Art Students League of New York, and in 1952, he was a Fulbright Scholar who studied in Paris, France.  During Morrison’s time in New York, he developed friendships with abstract expressionists Franz Kline, William de Kooning, and Jackson Pollack.  He was an art professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1963 to 1970, and from 1970 to 1982, he taught art and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Pennsylvania State University.  Morrison is known for his abstract paintings, drawings, and wooden collages that centered on themes of horizon and landscape.  Many art historians consider him the founder of Native modernism.


  • Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (b. 1940, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)

    Jaune Quick-to-See SmithSmith was born on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana, and currently resides in Corrales, New Mexico. In 1976, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Framingham State College (Massachusetts) and a Master of Arts in Art from the University of New Mexico in 1980.  Smith works primarily in paint, print, and mixed media, addressing complex issues such as Native American identity and stereotypes.  Jaune was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant in 1996; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts in 1997; College Art Association’s Committee on Women in the Arts in 2000, and New Mexico Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Women’s Award in 2005.  She has had over one hundred solo shows.

  • Marianne Nicholson (b. 1969, Kwakwaka’wakw)

    Marianne NicolsonNicholson was born in Comox, British Columbia, Canada, and currently lives in Victoria.  She is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw band of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations.  She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Arts and Design in Prince George, British Columbia, in 1996, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1999.  She also earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Anthropology, and Art History in 2013.  Nicholson’s artwork draws upon elements of her Kwakwaka’wakw culture.  She is well known for her site-specific works, and in 2015, she was commissioned by the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, to create two twenty-eight foot tall glass totems titled Rivers Monument.


  • Rick Rivet (b. 1949, Sahtu-Métis)

    Rick RivetRivet was born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Canada, which is situated in the Mackenzie River Delta, above the Arctic Circle, near the Beaufort Sea.  He currently lives in Terrace, British Columbia.  Rivet received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 1972, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Victoria in 1980.  He also received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986.  Rivet is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and board member of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry.  Exploring various indigenous themes of spirituality and its iconography, Rivet is a painter who works primarily in acrylic, oil, lithography, and other mixed mediums.


  • Truman Lowe (b. 1944, Ho-Chunk)

    Truman LoweLowe grew up in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in a Winnebago-speaking household.  He attended the Black River Indian Mission School for the first six years of his elementary education.  In 1969, he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse and in 1973, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  Lowe returned to the University of Wisconsin to teach both American Indian Studies and sculpture.  From 1976 to 2008, he was an art faculty member of the School of Art at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  In 1994, Lowe was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and in 2007, the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award.  Also, he was the first curator of contemporary art for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.  Lowe is a site-specific installation artist who sculpts in wood, focusing on themes of water, trees, and bluffs.


  • Lorenzo Clayton (b. 1950, Navajo)

    Lorenzo ClaytonClayton was born in 1950 in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, on the Tohajilee reservation (formerly known as Cañoncito).  After graduating from high school in 1969, he served three years in the Army.  As a young inspiring artist, he initially attended the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of Arts) in Oakland, before moving to New York City in 1973 where he graduated from Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1977.  Although concentrating in painting as a student, Clayton progressed to printmaking, which he has taught at his Alma Marta since 1993.  He is also an instructor at Parson’s The New School for Design, and he is on the Native American Artist Roster of AMERINDA (American Indian Artists of North America).  In 1983, he won a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant and in 1986, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.  Clayton is well known for his installations, printmaking, and collaborations.




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