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  • New Art 2.0 | Jeffrey Gibson

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Jan 16, 2015

    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.

    14. CSP 08-301(10)

    Stranger, no. 15, 2008
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    24 ½ x 19 inches

    Stranger, no. 19

    Stranger, no. 19, 2008
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    24 ½ x 19 inches

    My paintings and sculptures are reactions to contemporary landscapes and social environments. My perspective is informed by having grown up a Native person, born to parents of the boarding school generation, being born post the civil rights movement, and coming of age after the height of the American Indian Movement. These factors are at the core of the content of my work, the questions I struggle with that guide how I view the world around me.

    Painter and installation artist Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Chocktaw/Cherokee, born 1972) received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, London, in addition to studying briefly under Nambé Pueblo sculptor Ernest Mirabel. Gibson has participated in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe and is a 2009 Eiteljorg Fellow.

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  • Call for Women Artists | Apply Today for our Women in Art Market

    by Kat Chappell, Eiteljorg festivals & markets intern | Jan 16, 2015

    Women in Art crowd

    Can you rock the raku? Do your paintings make hearts pitter-pat? Does your jewelry turn others to jelly? If so, we have great news for you: the Eiteljorg’s annual Women in Art Market is around the corner! March can be a pretty dreary time of year, so we’re calling on all local lady artists to help spread some spring cheer. Here's a look at some of the work from past Women in Art participants:
    Peacock Lantern
    4. Ruby Ballard-Harris
    5. Lori Hutchins-smaller

    This is a market that focuses on the female point of view. So if you’re just starting out or an old hand at art markets, we want to hear from you! Click here to be directed to the downloadable application on our website. Artists who are accepted into the market must submit a $100 artist fee by Mar. 13 to hold their space.

    Women in Art takes place Saturday, Mar. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’re accepting applications until Feb. 13, so don’t hesitate! Please contact with any questions.
    - Crowd shot from 2014 Women In Art
    - Peacock feather fused Lantern by Wish Art Glass
    - Women's jacket by Ruby Ballard-Harris
    - Pendant by Lori Hutchins



    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Jan 11, 2015

    Guests waited in long lines in 2014 to see the Eiteljorg's Ansel Adams exhibit.

     More than 161,000 visitors packed the museum in 2014, during the downtown Indianapolis cultural institution’s 25th anniversary year.

    Indianapolis, Ind. – More visitors experienced the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in 2014 than in any year in the institution’s 25-year history. Ansel Adams, the museum’s 2014 epic exhibition, attracted nearly 88,000 visitors over five months, making it the Eiteljorg’s best-attended show ever. Buoyed by this blockbuster and Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, the Eiteljorg posted total attendance for the year of 161,000. The last time the museum posted an annual attendance record was in 2011 when more than 141,000 guests filled its halls, galleries and festivals.

     This attendance record illustrates the continued success of the Eiteljorg’s Project New Moon. The fundraising campaign, launched in 2010, sought to invigorate the museum with dynamic new interpretations of its mission.

    “Five years ago, our baseline attendance goal was 100,000,” said John Vanausdall, president and CEO. “But each year, thanks to shows like Pistols, Red/Black, Steel Ponies and Guitars, we’ve exceeded that goal.”

    Asked the next step in the Eiteljorg Museum’s advancement Vanausdall, assured: “In addition to exposing guests to the unexpected West, our institution is also charting new territory with Gold! Riches and Ruin – our next big exhibit..

    “The search for gold is one of the most compelling stories of the American West and when we open Gold! in March, visitors will get to see it, learn stories about those who struck it rich or died trying and, and children and families will even have the opportunity to experience enriching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities – all related to the exhibit.”

    Other new endeavors at the Eiteljorg include the institution’s first-ever celebration of Juneteenth; the building of a stunning new shade structure that will transform the museum’s gardens along the Downtown Canal; and a welcome new addition to the museum's curatorial team: Scott Shoemaker (Miami Nation of Indiana).

    The Eiteljorg Museum’s 2015 calendar includes the following major exhibits and events:

    MAR 7 – AUG 9
    Greed! Success! Adventure! Failure! Innovation! The promise of gold in the West lured men and women from around the world who yearned for wealth. But all that glitters isn’t, well… Experience the story of how gold has helped forge the American national identity through artifacts, art, stories and interactive experiences. Visitors will find a wide array of objects and images including mining equipment and tools, paintings, journals and diaries, clothing and personal effects, and of course, gold itself, in its myriad forms, including nuggets, coins, bars, and jewelry.

    MAR 21
    Buy from some of the best female artists in the region at this annual event.

    JUN 20
    The Eiteljorg will host a community celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth – a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the state of Texas. The event and museum will be free of charge and will include music, talks, dance, theatre, interpreters, children’s art and Western-themed activities, displays, food, vendors, and more.

    JUN 27 and 28
    2014 Indian Market
    Join us for this art market and celebration of Native American cultures, featuring art, music, storytelling, dance, food and family activities. 

    SEPT.  12 – OCT. 11
    This monthlong exhibition features new works by some of today’s best Western artists.
    Opening weekend Sept. 10-12. Fee for opening weekend.

    NOV. 14
    See the work of five of today’s best Native contemporary artists. This exhibit combats narrow perceptions of Native art and raises awareness of the full range of contemporary art.

    NOV. 21 -- JAN 2016
    Watch trains race from Indianapolis through the American West, passing a host of exquisitely reproduced icons, including Lucas Oil Stadium, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge and more.

    DEC. 5
    Shop for unique holiday gifts at this annual market, featuring more than 30 regional artists.

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  • Meet the Eiteljorg's 2015 Contemporary Art Fellows | Each to receive $25,000

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Jan 09, 2015

    Special show, opening this November will inspire, provoke and amaze
     with sculpture, installations and paintings.

    Five premier Native American artists have earned the coveted title of 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow. Their work will be honored with a $25,000 unrestricted grant and a major group exhibition which will open Nov. 14.

    The 2015 Eiteljorg Fellows are:

    • Invited Artist, Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui) – Painter (Brooklyn, NY)
     Mario Martinez
    • Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee) – Installation (Decatur, GA)
    Luzene Hill
    • Brenda Mallory (Cherokee) – Sculpture/Installation (Portland, OR)
    • Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit) – Sculpture/Installation (Fairbanks, AK)
     Da-ka-xeen Mehner
    • Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) – Sculpture (Mustang, OK)
     Holly Wilson-HeadShot

    Through this program the Eiteljorg supports Native contemporary artists and their legacy, insuring  the greater understanding and appreciation of indigenous people in the 21st century.

    From Nov. 14, through Feb. 14, 2016, the Eiteljorg will showcase the works from this Fellowship class in a special exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will publish a catalogue of  scholarly articles and essays giving an in-depth look at each artist. A celebration and award presentation will bring the artists to Indianapolis and allow the public to interact with  them. The museum will also purchase more than $100,000 in art for its permanent collection from the Fellowship artists.

    Launched in 1999, the biennial Fellowship program recognizes the work of emerging and established Native American and First Nations artists working with contemporary media and ideas. Since its inaugural class, nearly $1.25 million has been awarded to 50 artists. Selectors for the 2015 class included 2013 Fellow Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribue of Oklahoma), former contemporary art curator for the National Museum of the American Indian and 1999 Fellow Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) and independent art curator and consultant Mindy Taylor Ross, owner of Art Strategies, LLC and founding director of the Indianapolis Art’s Council’s Public Art Indianapolis.

    “I have always said the heart of the Fellowship program is contained in the title “fellowship,” the coming together of people – the artists, scholars, curators, collectors and the public,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “The relationships artists develop while gathering in Indianapolis often last a lifetime.”

    Since its inception, the Eiteljorg Fellowship added more than 180 representative works by 50 Native  artists to the Eiteljorg’s permanent collection. As a result, the museum is renowned for having the finest collection of Native contemporary art in the world.

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  • Families explore Nez Perce culture at Eiteljorg Museum’s Kaya Day on Jan. 24

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Jan 09, 2015

    On Saturday, Jan. 24, guests are invited to join the Eiteljorg as it celebrates the Nez Perce culture of the American Girl® doll, Kaya®.
    Teresa Webb at Kaya Day

    This family-friendly day features storytelling, games and activities inspired by Kaya’s people. Visitors may even win their very own Kaya doll. All activities are included with general museum admission and are enjoyable for boys and girls.  Doll not required.

    Families can also meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle. Joining the celebration will be Miami artists Katrina Mitten (beadwork), Patria Smith (gourd art) and Dani Tippmann (Native plants), who will discuss the similarities and differences between the Nez Perce and Miami cultures.

     It all takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24,  at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

    Hope to see you there!

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