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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)
     BrendaMalloryheadshot
    • 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
    kayaday

    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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  • New Art 2.0 | Eva Lake

    by by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Jan 09, 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.
    Eva Lake, Golden
    Golden no. 2, 2012 

    Lithograph, edition 14/14
    30 x 30 inches
    $990
    Eva Lake, Sky over casino


    Sky Over Casino, 2012
    Lithograph, edition 4/14
    30 x 30 inches
    $990

    Currently living in Portland, Eva Lake works and shows both paintings and photomontages. Her oil paintings exhibit dynamic movement of light and color that when displayed in sequence can create something of an optical event.

    Lake’s lifelong artistic endeavors have involved music, fashion, and extensive travels throughout both Europe and the United States. After studying art history at the University of Oregon, Lake spent time singing in London’s punk scene.

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  • New Art 2.0 artist | Ric Gendron

    by by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Jan 09, 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.
    RIC GENDRON - QUILTSTEN SONG
    A Quiltsten Song, 2010
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    30 x 22 1/4 inches
    $1,310

    RIC GENDRON - RATTLE
    Rattle, 2010
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    30 x 22 1/4 inches
    $1,310

    Ric Gendron lives in Spokane, WA, and has been a professional artist for over 25years. He is best known for his vibrant acrylic paintings. He paints every day, and his work is a mixture of traditional images and dances melded with American rock and pop culture. He has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and group shows from Portland to New York and is actively involved in the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Show in Phoenix, AZ.

    Gendron entered a print from his A Quiltsten Song series of monoprints in the 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market juried show and won a blue ribbon for best of printmaking and a blue ribbon for best of division, which included other two-dimensional work.
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  • New Art 2.0 | Ahmoo Angeconeb

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Jan 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 Feb. 8, 2015.
    Ahmoo Angeconeb Peaquot World_scan

    Peaquot World, 2000
    Linocut, artist proof
    19 ½ x 12 ½ inches
    $1,060

    Educated at Lakehead University and York University in Canada, Ahmoo Angeconeb  (Lac Seul First Nation, born 1955) has exhibited his work widely in Europe, the United States, and Canada. Angeconeb’s drawings and prints feature bold and dynamic images. Known for his use of Anishinaabe iconography, Angeconeb tells personal and spiritual stories arising from figures and symbols that his people have used for a thousand years.

    These drawings are the result of thoughts, prayers, and using the drawing process as a form of healing.
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