Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • 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

    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

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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

    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

    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:
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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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  • Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

    by Tamara Winfrey Harris, Eiteljorg vice president of communications and marketing | Nov 24, 2014
    Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, presented by Indiana Rail Road, has made its return for the holiday season at the Eiteljorg Museum. By now, you’ve probably made this exhibit a winter tradition. You know, even if you’ve visited our locomotive wonderland more than once, there are still plenty of new things to discover in the hand-crafted, intricate layout. Don’t believe us? Here are five things we’ll bet you didn’t know about our popular holiday exhibit.
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    1. One of the first replicas guests see upon entering Jingle Rails is the Eiteljorg Museum. The real-life museum exterior consists of nearly 12,000 pieces of hand-sorted Minnesota dolomite, a stone whose color and texture creates the feel of a Southwestern pueblo. The elves behind our holiday exhibit—Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination—have re-created the distinctive façade with a less exotic material—cork.

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    2. Setting up the full exhibit in the Eiteljorg’s Clowes Court takes only three days from the time trucks roll in carrying “pods” that are transformed into our nation’s national parks to when the final layer of “snow” is added.

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    3. Yes, that is the voice of Bob Lamey you hear booming from Lucas Oil Stadium in Jingle Rails. The original exhibit audio featured the veteran Indianapolis Colts radio announcer calling an iconic Super Bowl play by Peyton Manning. The audio was updated when Manning moved to the Denver Broncos in 2012.
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    4. It’s impossible to completely capture the awe-inspiring natural beauty and unique features of America’s parks. But Applied Imagination works extra hard to “wow” visitors to the parks re-created in Jingle Rails. The tallest point in the actual Glacier National Park is Mt. Cleveland, which stretches nearly 10,500 feet into the sky. The peak of our Glacier National Park is 69-inches—pretty impressive in its own right.
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    5. How do you replicate a building nearly every Hoosier knows, like the Indiana State Fair’s Normandy Barn? Easy! Well, easy if you’re one of the artists at Applied Imagination, who recognize that eucalyptus leaves make the perfect roof; acorn caps, mahogany pods and cedrella seeds can become weather vanes; coconut hulls look just like cows; sea grape leaves can become doors and contorted witch hazel a downspout.

    Jingle Rails highlights include:

    • Seven ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
    • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
    •  13 overhead walkunder bridges
    • More than 30 features including the Indianapolis, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, One America Tower, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful geyser (It actually erupts!) and Golden Gate Bridge

    Jingle Rails
    closes on Monday, January 19.Jingle Rails is sponsored by: Indiana Rail Road, One America and Chase Bank.

    CSP-13-303-10While you're here for the trains, stay for the art! Through Feb. 8, 2015, visitors can experience an exhibition of contemporary prints from emerging and established artists. New Art 2.0, highlights work from more than 50 Native and non-Native American artists.  The exhibit presents approximately 90 limited-edition prints –all archivally framed, offering protection from light exposure. Prices for the work range from $350 to $3,800. (Pictured: Rick Bartow, Bird Hat, monoprint, 30 1/8 x 22 1/2)

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  • Social Media & Development Intern at the Eiteljorg

    by Emily Kryder-Reid | Nov 17, 2014


    This May, I was awarded the privilege of working at the Eiteljorg as an intern for Hyacinth Rucker, New Media and Web Coordinator. While my exposure to social media was, like most 22 year olds, substantial, I didn't have much sense of how I'd be utilizing it for marketing purposes. Within two days, Hyacinth showed me not only the power of the web, but also how important it is for a non-profit to have a strong online presence. Whether covering events, gallery openings, important museum visitors or local festivals, I've learned how to promote an organization using the power of social media, and the diligence necessary to do so successfully. 

    In addition to my enriching time with Hyacinth, I joined Sarah Farthing as a development intern this past October. Although our time working together was brief, she further confirmed my love and true enjoyment of working in development.

    All of this professional development aside, the biggest thing I'm taking away from my time at the Eiteljorg is the connection I've made with the staff here. In just six months, I've met and built relationships with some of the most incredibly talented, driven and passionate people I've ever met. From those in marketing to development to the guides and security at the museum, I've had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful souls that bring so much to the museum each day.

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