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New Art 2.0 | Frank La Pena

by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 19, 2014
New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 

Gatekeepers of the invisible

Gatekeepers of the Invisible, 2012
Lithograph, edition 2/12
16 15/16 x 16 15/16 inches

Frank La Pena’s (Nomtipon Wintu, born 1937) interest in the arts began in high school and continued through college. His paintings and sculpture reflect a deep interest and appreciation for his Native heritage. As a young man, he became interested in the song, dance, and ceremonial traditions of his tribe. LaPena has lectured widely on Native American traditional and cultural issues, emphasizing California traditions, and he is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento.

His art has been exhibited since 1960 in 22 one-person exhibits and numerous group shows across the United States, Europe, Central and South America, Cuba, Australia, and New Zealand. He lives in Sacramento and is still active in ceremonial life as a singer and dance leader.

Coming down to earth
Coming Down to Earth, 2012
Lithograph, edition 2/12
15 x 13 ⅛ inches
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