2011 Fellows

Past Fellows: 2011

  • Bonnie Devine (b. 1952, Serpent River Ojibwe)

    Bonnie DevineDevine grew up in and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She received an Associate of OCAD University diploma with honors in Fine Arts in Sculpture and Installation in 1997, and a Master of Fine Arts from Toronto’s York University in 1999.  In 2001, Devine won the Toronto Arts Award Visual Arts Protégé Award, and in 2002, the Best Experimental Video at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.  Currently, she is an associate professor in sculpture/installation, as well as the founding chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University.  In addition to teaching, Devine writes, is an independent curator, and has directed several films, including: Rooster Rock: The Story of Serpent River and Stories from the Shield.  Multi-media versatile, Devine has done drawings, photography, installation, and performance pieces that are conceptual and incorporate history and narrative.

  • Skawennati (b. 1969, Kahnawake Mohawk)

    SkawennatiBorn Tricia Fragnito, Skawennati grew up on the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve in Quebec, Canada.  She currently lives in Montréal.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Institutional Administration from Concordia University in 1992.  In 2009 and 2013, Skawennati was the Best New Media winner at imagineNATIVE for her machinima TimeTraveller™ and AbTeC collective for the video game Skahiòn:hati—Rise of the Kanien’kenhá:ka Legends.  In 2015, she was selected to represent Canada at the Biennial of the Americas.  Co-founder of Nation to Nation and co-director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, Skawennati has dedicated her creative passion to involving and representing Native peoples in new technologies such as video games and machinima, and to establishing online networks such as Cyber Powwow.  Offered to viewers at no charge, her multimedia seeks to provide Native peoples an opportunity for representation and participation.

  • Duane Slick (b. 1961, Mesqwaki/Ho-Chunk)

    Duane SlickAlthough born in Waterloo, Iowa, Slick spent time at both his father and mother’s reservations; he currently lives in North Providence, Rhode Island.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1986, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of California—Davis in 1990.  From 1992 through 1995, he was a professor of painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and since 1995, he has been a professor of painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.  In 1993, Slick was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Travel Grant from the College Art Association, and a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  In 2010, he was the Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research.  Slick’s paintings are considered abstract and minimalistic on the one hand, and window-like and ghostly on the other.  His pieces strive to communicate his journey for a metaphysical worldview.

  • Anna Tsouhlarakis (b. 1977, Navajo/Creek)

    Anna TsouhlarakisTsouhlarakis was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and spent much time as a youth with her family on the Navajo reservation.  Washington, D.C. is her current home.  She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies and Studio Arts in 1999, and Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture in 2002.  In 2007, she won a Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and in 2015, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, Native Arts and Culture Foundation Artist Fellowship, and Harpo Foundation Artist Grant.  Tsouhlarakis works in video, photography, and performance media to enhance her viewers’ attention to contemporary Native Americana, thereby, reflecting Native contemporary lives in the modern world.

  • Alan Michelson (b. 1953, Mohawk)

    Alan MichelsonMichelson is an enrolled member of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada, who resides in New York City.  He graduated from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1981.  Michelson has taught art history and painting at Hartwick College in Oneonta, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons The New School.  In 1988, he won a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship; in 1990, a New York State Council on the Arts’ Visual Artist Sponsored Work Award/Public Art Fund, Inc.; and in 2004, a Visual Artist Grant from the New York Community Trust.  In 2010, the U.S. General Services Administration awarded him the Citation in Art for his glass installation Third Bank of the River at the U.S. Port of Entry in Massena, New York.  In 2012, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission selected his design for a permanent installation on Capitol Square in Richmond that will honor the states’ tribes.  Michelson employs multimedia installations of video or photographs to fortify his concept-based themes of geography as it relates to Native American history.

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