10 Native American
artists scheduled for residency at Institute of American Indian
Lord (Athabaskan) is among the Native American artists selected
as an artist-in-residence for the fall at Institute of American
Indian Arts. (courtesy Institute of American Indian Arts)
Since August 2015, the Institute of American Indian Arts has
hosted month-long artist residencies, and recently the school announced
its lineup for the Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence
program. Native American and First Nations artists visit the
school in Santa Fe, New Mexico to make art and interact with both
the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program
also includes public receptions and artist talks with each of the
"We often think art is created in solitude. But that's not necessarily
true. The artists participating in the residency program are coming
to make art as part of a community," said Dr. Lara M. Evans (Cherokee
Nation), the Artist-in-Residence program director, in a press
release. "It's a chance to come together, to share creative processes
and the meanings behind their materials and techniques. It's chance
to experiment, too. Each artist brings something new to the community,
and we all become part of the history of the new work artists create
during their residencies. It's very exciting!"
September 1-30, 2017
Three female Native American artists will converge on the Institute
of American Indian Arts in September for the Artist in Residence
Program. Janice George (Chepximiya
Siyam), from Squamish Nation, Canada, is a master weaver and textile
artist who learned to weave from Coast Salish weaver Susan Pavel
and Subiyay-t Bruce Miller of Skokomish in 2003. George integrates
Squamish teachings into her work from her late grandmother Kwitelut-t
Lena Jacobs and other Squamish ancestors.
"In this short time of my weaving life, a few of my mentors
have left this earth. Their breath is carried on in the teachings
I pass on. I feel and see the pride that comes from reclaiming our
inheritance from our elders and ancestors when we weave and when
we wear our beloved weavings," George said in an Institute of American
Indian Arts press release. "We are taught spiritual protection is
part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put in each
hand movement it takes to make a robe."
George co-authored "Salish Blankets, Robes of Protection and
Transformation, Symbols of Wealth" with Willard Joseph and Leslie
H. Tepper. For the last 12 years, she has been teaching her textile
skills across Salish speaking territory.
George (Squamish Nation) (courtesy Institute of American Indian
Leanne Campbell, an enrolled member
of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe or Schitsu'umshmeaning "Those who
were found here" or "The Discovered People"also counts the
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation located in central
Washington and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho among her lineage. Campbell
embraces her history and culture, and speaks the Schitsu'umsh language.
She is most known for her unique skills in traditional and cultural
arts with beadwork and basketry.
Her beadwork is a mix of pictorial, geometric designs and old
style floral designs of the Northwest Columbia Plateau. Campbell
gained valuable experience and knowledge by working over the past
24 years with the Coeur
d'Alene Tribe. She's currently the Historic Preservation Program
Manager/Curator for the tribe.
Campbell (Coeur d'Alene) (courtesy Institute of American Indian
Martha Marlene Ann Nielsen is Yupik
from Kokhanok, Alaska, located on the south shore of Lake
Iliamna, which is the largest lake in Alaska that is home to
several species of fish. Since she was young, Nielsen has helped
to preserve sockeye salmon for the winter. She is self-taught in
the art of making baskets, wallets and jewelry with sockeye salmon
skin. Salmon skin art was seen as a lost skill in her area, which
inspired her to reintroduce the rare technique by teaching students
of all ages.
Marlene Ann Nielsen (Kokhanok Village) (courtesy Institute
of American Indian Arts)
October 4-November 4, 2017
The Institute of American Indian Arts will welcome four Native
American artists during October including Erica Lord, who draws
on her mixed race cultural identityshe is of Athabaskan,
Iñupiat, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, and English descentto
explore concepts that exist within a contemporary indigenous experience
and how culture and identity are affected in a quickly changing
world. Lord uses a variety of mediums to construct new and challenging
representations of race.
Born and based in Alaska, Peter Williams
strives to express and celebrate oneness in all things, with an
emphasis on the human spiritual relationship with nature. He sees
this connection in his art as imperative for healing the human soul
and the well-being of the planet. Meat is a large part of Williams
diet; before a hunt, he smudges and prays for a safe and clean hunt.
He asks the animals for their lives before shooting them. Williams
sees these acts to honor the animals as a way to enable their spirits
to visit again. He has demonstrated skin sewing seal and sea otter
fur by hand, and says that each stitch binds the human world closer
to the animal world.
Through his label Shaman Furs, Williams carries on the historic
art of elegant and simple textile construction built to endure Alaska's
elements. He presented at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and his
first runway show as at Brooklyn Fashion Week in 2016. That same
year, he was profiled in the New
Williams (Yup'ik) (courtesy Institute of American Indian Arts)
Seattle-based artist Ryan Fedderson
(Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation/Okanogan/Arrow
Lakes) creates multi-layered environments and interactive sculptures
alongside intimate studio work. Her tongue-in-cheek work has a pointed
message and provides an opportunity for a re-examination of shared
histories through humor and fun, and hands-on engagement. She often
addresses hypocrisies and injustices in contemporary American culture
in regard to race, class and gender in her work.
Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of Colville) (courtesy Institute
of American Indian Arts)
November 6- December 6th, 2017
The final four Native American artists visiting the Institute
of American Indian Arts include Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde,
Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Misquadace.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Athena LaTocha
is a painter interested in landscape, land art, and earth excavation.
She's been working in the arts for nearly 30 years, and has had
her work shown across the country including a solo exhibition at
the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native
Arts this year.
LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe) (courtesy Institute
of American Indian Arts)
Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga) (courtesy Institute of American
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez
Perce/Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan) was born and currently lives
in Santa Fe. He uses American icons to explore the miscommunication
of cultures. He often turns the stereotypical
imagery of the "Indian" on its ear with his own brand of satire.
He has shown internationally and in 2013, a suite of 13 paintings
titled "SKNDNS-Native Americans on Film" was purchased by the National
Museum of the American Indian.
Reed Brown (Koyukan Athabascan) (courtesy Institute of American
Raised between the urban and rural landscapes of the Pacific
Northwest and Alaska, Jason Reed
Brown is a blacksmith artist. His designs stem from a desire
to combine his lifetime of exposure to Northwest Coastal art and
a city lifestyle. He "translates" Northwest Coastal Native art into
the medium of metal. Before attending the Institute of American
Indian Arts, he worked as a tattoo artist and muralist. While at
he discovered a passion for sculpture, specifically working with
Wanesia Misquadace is a master
of birch-bark biting, a traditional art that she puts into a contemporary
context by using the patterns as jewelry templates and combining
the birch bark panels with metals and stones. World-renowned master
metalsmith artists like Lane Coulter and Fritz
Casuse have been her mentors and teachers.
Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway) (courtesy Institute
of American Indian Arts)