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  • New Art 2.0 | Dale Chihuly

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 16, 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. 
    Chihuly

    Crow’s Shadow Basket, 2008
    Lithograph with acrylic, edition 22/1000
    37 x 25 inches
    $2,880

    Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass blower and multimedia artist whose work is in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has received many awards, including 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Chihuly created this edition at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts studios in 2007. He donated ten prints from the edition to sell at full retail price, with all proceeds going to a Dale Chihuly Scholarship Fund for young, emerging Native American artists.
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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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  • 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.

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

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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.

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    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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  • Inside the Eiteljorg's Arctic Gallery

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of western art | Nov 26, 2014

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    Sleds have long been used for transportation of goods and people in the Arctic. Before contact with European and American explorers, Alaska Natives, pulled sleds with small teams of dogs harnessed alongside the sled, or with human labor. After contact, larger teams of dogs were harnessed to the front of the sled. Since many communities in Southwestern Alaska aren’t connected by roads, sleds are still a crucial mode of transportation in the fall and winter. Today many people use snowmobiles to pull their sleds, although dog teams are still a common sight. Dogsleds are also part of recreational life in the Arctic. Since 1973 dogsled teams from around the world have competed in the Iditarod, an annual dogsled race that runs from Willow, Alaska to Nome, Alaska.

    There are many objects in the Eiteljorg’s collection related to dogsleds, some of which are on display. In our Arctic gallery you can see a Yup’ik made dogsled, and an Inupiat carved walrus tusk that depicts a dogsled team and driver as well as a variety of animals the Inupiat traditionally hunt.

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    Bethel, 1939-1959
    Image Courtesy: Averill and June Thayer Photographs; Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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    Dogsled team preparing to leave Dawson for Nome, Alaska, Feb. 11, 1900
    Image Courtesy: University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, William E. Meed Photograph Collection, PH Coll 246

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