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  • Meet 2015 Fellow Holly Wilson

    by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Nov 04, 2015
    Over the next few days, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

    What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee). You can read more about the artist and her work in Holly Wilson: Bronze Stories by Margaret Archuleta in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

    Holly Wilson
    (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee)


    Holly Wilson-HeadShot

    I am a storyteller. As a Delaware/Cherokee Native American I grew up hearing many stories from my mother. I was drawn to those of shape shifters with the idea of a trickster who wears a mask to hide their identity, birds as messengers, and owls as bearers of tragic news. These stories now run through much of my work in the form of animals with human characteristics, masks of birds and other animals that I anthropomorphize.

    Holly Wilson-Belonging

    Belonging, 2014
    Bronze, Geodes
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    The masks some of the figures wear are layered with meaning from creatures in nature to a child’s imagined world. As children, we make and wear masks to be anything we want or need to be and we could do anything in them, from being a super hero to a bird in flight.

    Holly Wilson-Masked
    Masked, 2012
    Bronze, African Mahogany
    Collection: Eiteljorg Museum
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    As adults, the layers and meaning deepen and grow and these masks are a way to represent the different personas that we need or desire to be in life. They become an identity that one can live through or hide behind in our roles – I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a wife, a mother, artist, and Indian.

    In my sculptures I want you to breath in a moment frozen in time. I want you to feel another’s life like a skin for just that moment to see we are all one below that surface, that surface of skin no matter the color the shape or origin. My figures serve as my storytellers in the world, telling stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths.  They are the quiet echoes of life’s delicate balance, telling of the fragility in both life and their own form; how far one can reach, which step may be too many.



    CONVERSATIONS runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

    Friday, NOV 13
    Opening Celebration!
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
    6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
    6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
    Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

    Contemporary Arts Party
    8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
    9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    Click here to purchase your ticket.

    ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
    Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”





  • Meet 2015 Fellow Luzene Hill

    by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Oct 26, 2015

    Over the next two weeks, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

    What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee). You can read more about the artist and her work in Luzene Hill: Free Falling Up by Martin DeWitt in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

    Luzene Hill
    (Eastern Band of Cherokee)

    Luzene Hill cropped version

    Silence shrouds the experience of sexual assault.  A woman is often strangled to silence and control her and the aftermath is characterized by a different kind of enveloping disquiet.  Retracing the Trace presents an imprint of rape and exposition of the number of unreported sexual assaults that occur within a twenty-four hour period in the United States.

    luzene hill art2
    Photo Courtesy: Photography by Hadley Fruits


    The foundation for this work derived from the original marks of my own trauma and was realized by inserting myself (my body) into the process of making an imprint, as well as my presence in the gallery each day….

    luzene hill art3
    Photo Courtesy: Photography by Hadley Fruits


    Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in the dominant society, and 60 per cent of the assaults are by non-Indian men. As a Native American woman I often reference Pre-Conquest culture in my work. The khipu was pertinent to this work, as a device made from cords, and as an endangered Native American language. I metaphorically connected the silencing I experienced when I was assaulted to the silencing of Native American culture and voices.



    CONVERSATIONS runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

     
    Friday, NOV 13
    Opening Celebration!
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
    6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
    6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
    Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

    Contemporary Arts Party
    8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
    9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    Click here to purchase your ticket.

    ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
    Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”





  • Quest for the West Artist H David Wright

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist H. David Wright.

    Wright 2015
    H. David Wright
    Born 1942, in Rosine, Kentucky; lives in Gallatin, Tennessee
    Wright_Bent's_Fort_Arrival
    Bent’s Fort Arrival
    2015, oil on panel, 30 x 22 inches
    Bent’s Fort in present day Colorado was a gathering place during the western fur trade in the second quarter of the 19th century. Trappers, traders, and Indians flocked there to exchange their goods for supplies. My painting depicts a trapper as he might have looked after arrival at the post while camped outside the adobe fort. He displays fresh beaver plews still stretched on willow hoops. Once dry they will be traded for needed supplies.

    IF ONE WORD epitomizes the work of H. David Wright, it is “authentic.” David Wright has been ever drawn to artistically depicting the American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War.  Always set in studied landscapes that capture the fullness of topographic beauty and the richness of the local milieu, his paintings unfailingly reflect a love for country, history, and nature.

    Impeccable research and insightful realization are hallmarks of his paintings. While his forty plus years of painting include European and American training, it is in his studio and field research that his paintings become as distinctive as they are informative.

    Born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, Wright’s art captures the scenic beauty of the region while chronicling memorable episodes in American history. He is drawn to the awakening American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War.  His commissioned artistic centerpiece, Gateway to the West—Daniel Boone Leading the Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap, 1775, graces the visitor’s center at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, in Kentucky. His paintings are frequently featured in television documentaries, as is he, as historian and subject expert. Wright is a founding member of the Southern Light Artists of America.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction Award
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2005    Nominated for an EMMY for art direction, History Channel’s First Invasion—The War of 1812

    Memberships:
    Southern Light Artists of America

    Gallery representation:
    Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    www.davidwrightart.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Curt Walters

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Curt Walters.
    Walters 2015

    Curt Walters
    Born 1950, in Las Cruces, New Mexico; lives in Sedona, Arizona
    Walters_Januarius

    Januarius
    2015, oil, 24 x 24 inches
    In January I was painting near Powell Point. As evening approached, a fog remained on the North Rim just above the Coconino Sandstone formation.  A waxing gibbous moon, just less than full, was ascending in the east as the sun was descending in the west. Cheops Pyramid and Buddha Temple are bathed in sun above the shadows of the inner Canyon.

    THE GRAND CANYON is among Curt Walters’ favorite subjects. Its allure inspired him to move to Sedona, Arizona, in 1979, to be closer to it and other southwestern subjects. Considered by many to be the greatest living Grand Canyon artist, he also works actively with the Grand Canyon non-profits to preserve the Canyon by raising funds and awareness of the steadily degrading state of its environment.

    Growing up in a farming community in northern New Mexico, was the foundation for Walters’ love of grand landscapes.  In 1972, Walters began to exhibit in Taos, New Mexico, and lived there before moving to Sedona. Walters continues to devote himself to portraying the western landscape in paintings infused with his great reverence for its massive and complex beauty.  He also travels and paints the world and considers himself an American artist, not just a western artist.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Kieckhefer Best of Show Award
    2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Best Oil Painting
    2011    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Nora Jean Hulsey’s Buyers’ Choice Award
    2011    Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous of Art show, Featured Artist
    2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2008    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Trustees’ Purchase Award
    2007    Art of the West 20th anniversary issue (November/December 2007) proclaimed Walters among “Eight True Masters”
    2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction and Patrons’ Choice Award
    2007    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Purchase Award and Buyers’ Choice Award
    2006    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Overall Presentation
    2005    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Award (also 2004)

    Gallery representation:
    Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    www.curtwalters.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Andy Thomas

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Andy Thomas.
    Thomas 2015

    Andy Thomas
    Born in 1957, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; lives in Carthage, Missouri
    Thomas_Last_of_the_Posse-smaller

    Last of the Posse
    2015, oil on linen, 26 x 38 inches
    The last three members of the Posse make a perilous retreat after they were waylaid by the fugitive. The Big Swede had watched the posse wither from a throng of eager would-be killers to these three, who had dogged him all afternoon. These men are made of tougher gristle, he thought, and now they have me cornered up in these rocks. Either good men will die or a hero will be born. 

                BORN IN TENNESSEE, Andy Thomas graduated in 1981 with a degree in Marketing from Missouri State Southern State University. After 16 years in the advertising business, Thomas resigned his position as Staff Vice-President of Marketing Services for a Fortune 500 company to pursue painting full time. He considers his lack of formal art education an asset as he has developed a lifetime habit of artistic exploration.

                Known as “The Storyteller,” Thomas has a fondness for historical scenes that allow him to tell a story through paint, combining his love of both art and history. He is known for his realistic imagery of western scenes, presidents, and historical figures. Thomas has been featured in many magazines and his illustrations have appeared in many books. The Artful Journey, a book of Thomas’ works, includes short stories written by the artist about each piece. Thomas keeps active judging art shows and giving art lessons to both children and adults.

    Gallery representation:
    Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas

    Memberships:
    Salmagundi Club non-resident artist
    www.andythomas.com

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