Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Don't Miss the Eiteljorg's First Bridal Planning Workshop

    by Heather Frank, Eiteljorg events | Feb 16, 2015


    If you are recently engaged, you’re probably freaking out about what you need to do in order to plan for your special day.

    Unless you're a wedding planner, you have no idea where to start.
    Where do you find the vendors?
    Who's going to deejay the party?
    And -- OMG -- what about flowers?

    And -- when you start to meet with potential vendors you may also need some guidance.. And -- that’s where we come in!

    I want to encourage you to attend the Eiteljorg's FREE Bridal Planning Workshop Saturday, Feb. 28. You will  hear from a panel of industry experts who will answer all your wedding-related questions, and give you tips on how to plan all of the meticulous details for your big day!

    We will have panel members representing venues, floral, entertainment, photography, planning and catering and more-all very important pieces to planning the big day! We want you to feel confident and empowered to plan your own or help with a friend's wedding!

    By attending "You're Engaged! Now what?", you will have access to exclusive discounts and deals within the Eiteljorg and with some of our panel vendors. There will also be a few drawings for some amazing prizes - like a complimentary Engagement Session with Kristin Hornberger Photography and a one-night stay at a beautiful downtown Indianapolis hotel!

    And just to note, in addition to this workshop being complimentary to our attendees, we will also validate attendee parking in the White River State Park underground garage, and give you discounts in the Museum Store and Café!

    Hope to see you at the Eiteljorg's first bridal planning workshop Saturday, Feb. 28. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the fun starts at 10 a.m.

    Our panel of vendors include:
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    Kahn's Catering
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    Jim Cerone, The Perfect Host (deejay/hosting services)
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    Pam Parker, JP Parker Flowers
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    Kristin Hornberger, Kristin Hornberger Photography                                
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    Laura Lim, Eventfull Planning                    

    To register and get more information, check out the following:

    - Eiteljorg Museum rentals website:

    - Eiteljorg Events Facebook page:

    If you haven’t already “liked” our Facebook page, be sure to so you can stay tuned for updates and highlights regarding the workshop!

    engaged - eiteljorg shotSpace is limited so register today! Find us on where you can register for complimentary tickets:

    About the Bridal Workshop Organizer:
    My name is Heather Frank and for more than seven years now I have been in the events, tourism and hospitality industry. I’ve loved every bit of it! I have worked at different venues assisting with hundreds of events including corporate, private and weddings. I have been a member of the International Special Event Society (ISES) for over two years, and I am unbelievably honored to be a brand new Board member for Wish Upon A Wedding.

    I’ve been with the Eiteljorg Museum for almost three years now assisting with a variety of events and it has been a true joy! The staff, vendors and clients I get a chance to work with make my job exciting!

    I am from Indianapolis and I graduated with a B.S. in tourism management and hospitality from Indiana University. In 2014, I married the love of my life and we live in Indianapolis with our cat Julio.

    We hope to see you there!

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  • The Emancipation of Slavery | Learn all about the Indiana Experience Saturday

    by Alisa Nordholdt-Dean, Eiteljorg public programs manager | Feb 16, 2015

    Even though Abraham Lincoln effectively ended slavery when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, freedom wasn’t within reach for many until years later. In the days prior to televisions and smart phones, it could be years before important information touched the borderlands. In geographically isolated Texas, news of the end of the Civil War did not reach Galveston Island until May of 1865.GENERAL ORDERS In June of that year, Union General Gordon Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3” to Galveston residents, announcing the total emancipation of slaves. This historic moment has come to be known – and celebrated – in the years since as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day.

    On Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., learn more about the progression of emancipation during the Leon Jett Memorial Lecture, Moving Toward Freedom: The Process of Black Emancipation. Dr. Modupe Labode, assistant professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums and adjunct professor of African American and African diaspora studies at IUPUI, will give a historical overview of the growth of emancipation with particular emphasis on the Indiana experience. Galveston native, Fay Williams will add to the discussion by sharing personal stories about life in the place where Juneteenth began.*

     Also, mark your calendars for June 20, 2015, and plan to join the Eiteljorg and partners Asante Children’s Theater, Freetown Village, the Black Cowboy Association, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, the Indiana History Center, the Indiana State Museum, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Madame Walker Theatre, the Crispus Attucks Museum and IUPUI for an exciting day of music, performances, food and fun as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteeth. The celebration and admission to the museum on June 20th will be free for all.

     *Indiana teachers receive free admission and the opportunity to earn two professional growth points toward license renewal. Documentation of participation and attendance will be provided following the lecture.



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  • Who's Afraid of Black Indians | Help us bring this poet to the Eiteljorg

    by Sally Dickson, Eiteljorg grants manager | Feb 02, 2015
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    If both sides of the family are Irish it's easy to embrace and delve into a singular cultural identity, but what if one side is African American and the other side is Native American? Few of us come from only one cultural background, but sometimes we fail to connect with a part of what we are. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will join with Brick Street Poetry to bring poet Shonda Buchanan to the Eiteljorg for a reading and book signing of Who's Afraid of Black Indians?  

    Shonda Buchanan - 1 This talented, passionate professor from Hampton University in Virginia comes from an African American/Native American family whose journey moves through Indiana. Shonda will share her story through poetry; encouraging us to explore and embrace each branch of our family tree. She will inspire all of us to cherish every root that feeds our many branches.

    Shonda's program will take place Jul 29 at the Eiteljorg's newly shaded Christel DeHaan Family Terrace on the scenic Indianapolis Canal Walk.  A fun way you can help make this project possible is through the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Power2Give “crowd-sourcing” tool which has a special focus this month on new gifts from new donors. 

    The Arts Council of Indianapolis, Amos Brown, and Radio One, have sweetened the deal with challenges and incentives based on gifts of $15, $250, and $1,000. We're excited to share that we were awarded the first matching gift of $15 because we received the first donation of $15. Now, we're trying to earn the $250 gift, which is awarded to the project with the most donors each week. So, the more gifts we receive the more matching gifts we might qualify for. If you would like to help Brick Street Poetry fund the Shonda Buchanan project at the Eiteljorg, then follow this link to our project listing where you can easily and frequently make gifts:
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  • New Art 2.0 | Dyani White Hawk

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Feb 02, 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 this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

    Litho Moc
    Litho Moc, 2014
    Lithograph, edition 5/9
    28 x 22 ½ inches
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    Understanding II, 2013
    Lithograph, edition 6/15
    22 ¾ x 17 ¼ inches

    As a woman of Lakota and European ancestry, my life experiences have been a continual negotiation of both Western and Indigenous educations, value systems, and worldviews. Through the amalgamation of symbols and motifs derivative of both Lakota and Western abstraction, my artwork examines, dissects, and patches back together pieces of each in a means to provide an honest representation of self and culture.

    Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota, born 1976) was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. White Hawk’s work often combines Lakota quillwork design with strong lines that echo blanket and moccasin patterns. Her care in using her abstractions to bring American Indian tradition into a dynamic contemporary context reveals a powerful intellect and remarkable originality.

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  • New Art 2.0 | Marie Watt

    by by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Feb 02, 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 this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

    Marie Watt, Camp
    Camp, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches

    Born to a Wyoming rancher and Seneca mother, Marie Watt (Seneca)has described herself as half cowboy, half Indian. Deeply studied in art, Watt says she "consciously draw[s] from indigenous design principles, oral traditions, and personal experience to shape the inner logic of the work I make." Much of her work, including that created at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, captures the texture and stories inherent in everyday objects. Watt was awarded an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art in 2005. 
    Lodge, Marie Watt
    Lodge, 2005
    Woodcut, edition 20/20
    16 ½ x 14 inches 
    Plow, Marie Watt
    Plow, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches
    Tether, Marie Watt
    Tether, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches

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