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2001 Fellows

Past Fellows: 2001

  • Allan Houser (1914—1994, Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache)

    AllanHouserHouser was born near Apache and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the grandson of Chief Mangas Coloradas and great grand-nephew of Geronimo.  He was the first member of his family to be born outside of captivity (Geronimo and his people were prisoners of war from1886 to 1913).  In the mid-1930s, Houser was a student at Dorothy Dunn’s Santa Fe art studio at the Santa Fe Indian School.  In, 1939, he painted mural commissions for the Main Interior Building and Department of Interior.  He was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in sculpture and painting in 1949; the Palme Académique from France in 1954; and a National Medal of Arts in 1992.  Houser taught at Haskell Indian School, Intermountain Indian School, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.  A prolific and iconic sculptor, Houser is considered an important influence in the development of Native American art.


  • Rick Bartow (1946—2016, Mad River Wyot)

    Rick BartowBartow earned a degree in Secondary Art Education from Western Oregon University in 1969.  He was drafted into the Army and fought in the Vietnam War until 1971.  He was awarded a Bronze Star for his work at a military hospital as a teletype operator and musician.  Bartow’s early graphite drawings were influenced by his recent tour in Vietnam and drug and alcohol abuse.  In addition to his own personal stories, his later sculptural, printed, and painted pieces focused on animals or humans that incorporated elements of one another.  These transformative subjects as well as self-portraits, defined what some would construe to be his archetypal—if not mystical—approach to his art.  In 1997, his twenty-six foot public sculpture The Cedar Mill Pole was displayed in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the White House, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian commissioned Bartow to create a large cedar sculpture titled We Were Always Here, which was dedicated on the autumnal equinox in 2012, and situated on the northwest corner of the mall museum.


  • Joe Feddersen (b. 1953, Confederated Tribes of the Colville)

    Feddersen_JoeAn enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, Feddersen was born in 1953 in Omak, Washington, where he currently lives.  In 1979, Feddersen obtained his Associate in Arts from Wenatchee Valley College; in 1983, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Washington; and in 1989, a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  From 1989 to 2009, he was an art professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  In 2009, Feddersen was the recipient of the John H. Hauberg Fellowship from the Pilchuck Glass School.  He retired to his hometown of Omak, to work full time as an artist, creating prints, mixed media, basketry, and more recently, glasswork.  Feddersen is considered a master printmaker.


  • Teresa Marshall (b. 1962, Millbrook Mi’kmaq)

    TeresaMarshallMarshall was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, near the Millbrook First Nation Reserve, where she currently resides.  She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1990, and she also studied theater studies at Dalhousie University in 1990.  In 1993, she was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts; in 1994, an artist in residence at Est-Nord-Est Centre du Sculpture in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec; and in 1998, an artist in residence at The Roundhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Marshall creates multi-media and installation pieces that give a voice to Canada’s First Nations—a voice that has been suppressed and neglected by colonization.  A poet and a playwright, Marshall has travelled across Canada and the United States as a lecturer, visiting artist, and art juror.  She has received project grants and awards from the Canada Council and Canadian Native Arts Foundation.


  • Susie Silook (b. 1960, Yup’ik/Iñupiaq)

    SusieSilookSilook was born in Gambell, Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska, and currently lives in Adak, Alaska.   When she was growing up, the language spoken in Silook’s home was Siberian Yup’ik.  Her father carved and her mother sewed skins, but it was her mother who gave Silook her first carving tools and ivory.  At the age of seventeen, she turned down a college scholarship to join the Army, where she served for three years.  In 2000, she was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for An Individual Artist, and in 2007, a United States Artists Rasmuson Fellow.  A self-taught artist, Silook is one of the first successful woman ivory carvers, an artistic endeavor usually pursued by men.  Unlike the historic or traditional Inuit carving compositions that center on animals and hunting, her pieces are sculpted portraits of women and sea goddesses, their expressions and postures indicative of her visions that align with her political and activist work on Native women’s issues.  Silook is also a poet.


  • Shelley Niro (b. 1954, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan)

    ShelleyNiroNiro was born in Buffalo, New York, but grew up on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  In 1990, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Honors in Painting and Sculpture from Toronto’s OCAD, and in 1997, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Western Ontario.  Niro was selected as a fellow by the National Museum of American History in 1997, and in 2012, she received the Aboriginal Arts Award from the Ontario Arts Council.  An installation artist as well as a filmmaker, Niro was awarded the “Walking in Beauty Award” for her 1992 direction and production of It Starts with a Whisper.  Her 1998 film Honey Moccasin, won best feature, best actress, best actor, and best director at the Red Earth Festival, and in 2003, her short film The Shirt was presented at the Venice Biennale and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  Niro’s visual works on canvas, paper, and film tackle the misconceptions or stereotypical portrayals of Native women.




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