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  • On Bended Knee | Why he Popped the Question Outside the Eiteljorg

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Dec 15, 2014
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    When Christopher Myers made the life-changing decision to ask Taylor Haskett to marry him, he could think of no better place to get down on bended knee than outside the Eiteljorg Museum.

    The two met at a church camp six years ago. And their relationship evolved from being close friends to becoming camp counselors and eventually dating for the past three years. Taylor is a student at IUPUI's Herron School of art - studying art education and psychology. Christopher is the public affairs officer at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne. He also works as a marketing director at a long term care facility. 

    On Thursday, Dec. 11, on a chilly afternoon, Chris asked Taylor to spend the rest of her life with him - in front of the Eiteljorg's Whitetail Deer sculpture. We were so tickled by this and asked why the Eiteljorg:

    "I chose the Eiteljorg as the location for the proposal because Taylor spent a significant amount of time there for her classes and I personally enjoy the museum more than any other in the city."
     
    Chris choreographed the engagement moment to the minute. As he dropped down to pop the question, he had a good friend standing across the street outside the JW Marriott, snapping pictures of the "ooh ahh" moment!

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    And -- look at that kiss! Taylor said "YES!"

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    Chris and Taylor, congratulations from the Eiteljorg Museum! Thank you for sharing your story.

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    And by all means, consider having your wedding here. Just call 317-275-1340 - just ask for Sarah Bean!
     
    If you have an Eiteljorg story worth telling, just email public relations manager, DeShong Perry-Smitherman at dperry@eiteljorg.com, and your story may by featured in the Eiteljorg Blog!
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  • New Art 2.0 | Introducing Adnan Charara

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 12, 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. 
    When i saw the stars
    When I Saw the Stars, My Imagination Jumped and Picked One, 2009
    Monoprint, edition, 1/1
    23x22 3/8 inches

    $950

    In general, my art should be viewed as a visual representation of the human condition. The realization of my thoughts and emotions through the creation of my art is a way for me to express my inner self. In turn, I understand that my inner self is merely a particular manifestation of the human condition that connects everybody, and so it may be said that by expressing my inner self and revealing personal truths, I am attempting to reveal truths about us all.
    - Excerpt from Adnan Charara's artist statement

     
    Adnan Charara (Lebanese-American, born 1962) has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1982. With an unquenchable thirst to create since he was a child, he drew, painted, sculpted, and assembled his way from Seattle to Boston to Detroit, where he currently makes his artistic home. Charara works in multiple mediums with several ideas at a time, treating his studio practice like a detail-oriented factory. His hard-working dedication is masked, however, by his whimsical and humorous treatment of serious subjects.

    three little wishes
    Three Little Wishes, 2009
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    23 x 25 3/8 inches
    $970

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    Untitled, 2009
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    15 x 22 3/8 inches
    $1,180

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  • Introducing New Art 2.0 Artist Vanessa Enos

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 11, 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.

    Bonifer Pond, 2009
    Feeling Yesterday, 2009
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    22 ⅜ x 18 ½ inches
    $670

    Vanessa Enos is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana. She is also of Walla Walla, Yakima, and Pima heritage. Enos moved with her family to the Umatilla Indian Reservation when she was nine and later graduated from Weston McEwen High School. Enos has an associate’s degree from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and currently lives in the Pendleton area. She began visiting Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at age 15. Crow's is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. In fact, the Eiteljorg produced New Art 2.0 through its partnership with Crow's.  Enos shares that while at Crow's, she observed, volunteered, and found opportunities to "play" in the studio.

    I’ve seen other artists come in and watched them do their printmaking. I’ve learned throughout the years, and with [Frank Janzen - Crow's Shadow master printer] now here, I’ve definitely learned techniques I never thought you could do. It’s amazing.

    Bonifer pond
    Bonifer Pond, 2009
    Lithograph, edition 3/16
    17 x 24 inches
    $540

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  • New Art 2.0 | Introducing Jim Denomie

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 10, 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.

    Rabbit with star vest
    Rabbit with Star vest, Looking In (Burnt Umber Sketches series), 2011
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    20 x 15 inches
    $615

    Jim Denomie is a painter who received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He has participated in both group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Denomie won a Bush Artist Fellowship in 2008 and an Eiteljorg Fellowship in 2009. He has lectured at many institutions, including the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, Minnesota, and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He currently resides in Shafer, Minnesota.
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    Untitled (Canoe series), 2011
    Monoprint with oil pastel,
    edition 1/1
    30 x 22 ⅜ inches
    $1,060

    More on artist Jim Denomie from www.jimdenomie.com.

    Jim Denomie was born in Hayward, WI on July 6, 1955 and currently lives in Franconia, MN. Primarily a painter (oil, acrylic and watercolor), he also creates unique works of art in ink, and oil pastel drawings, printmaking, photography, and found object sculpture.

    In 1995, Denomie received a BFA from the University of Minnesota. Since then, he has shown extensively in the U.S. and in Europe and his work has been placed in the permanent collections of numerous museums and public and private collections. He is the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards.

    In 2005, Denomie completed a task of painting at least one painting a day, for one year. Much of the work was showcased in the exhibition “New Skins” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2007, and he was named one of City Pages Artist of the Year for 2007. In 2008, he was awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship and most recently, a 2012 McKnight Fellowship.
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  • New Art 2.0 | Introducing Corwin “Corky” Clairmont

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art, and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 09, 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.

    Banana Polar Bear
    Banana Polar Bear, 2012
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    22 ⅜ x 30 inches
    $1,210

    Our Indian communities have thousands of years of history that need to be recognized and celebrated. We have many stories yet to tell from the past and the present as we are still here. - Corwin "Corky" Clairmong (Salish Kootenai)

    Corwin "Corky" Clairmont was born at the St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. In 1984, after living in Los Angeles for 14 years, Clairmont returned to the Flathead Reservation, where he lives and works today. Clairmont is part of an important group of Native American artists who use their cultural experiences and background in combination with techniques such as printmaking and photography to bring attention to the traditions and challenges that are part of the lives of Native people and their communities. Clairmont is a 2003 Eiteljorg Fellow and has exhibited his work across the U.S. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Eiteljorg Museum’s permanent collection.

    Waiting for the ice
    Waiting for the Ice, 2012
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    22⅜ x 30 inches
    $1,210

    More about Corky
    Corky is a celebrated contemporary artist, combining his experience as a native person and tribal member with a post-modernist view of the realities of life as indigenous people struggle to retain their identities and sovereignty into the 21st century. He is also a teacher, mentor and a community activist, and lives in Ronan. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Corky has been the art director at Salish Kootenai College since 1984. Previously, he was an instructor and printmaking department head at Otis/Parsons Art Institute in LA.

    Corky holds a BA from MSU, did a graduate fellowship at San Fernando State University and received an MFA from California State University at Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited from coast to coast and around the world, including Germany and New Zealand, and has been reviewed by the New York Times. He also designed the cover and emblem for the American Indian Library Association and a large granite warrior memorial for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in 2007.

    Through the years, he has served on many professional boards, curated and juried many art shows, and he has received a Ford Foundation grant and NEA and MAC grants. Corky was also awarded the 2008 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Visual Art. (Source: www.Montana.gov)
     
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