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America Meredith (Cherokee, born 1972)

 

America Meredith earned her BFA in painting from the University of Oklahoma and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Meredith blends the pop imagery from her childhood with traditional Native American and European styles. As an enrolled member in the Cherokee Nation, the imagery and language of the Cherokee feature prominently in her work. She has shown throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe in the last 17 years and has won awards at the Heard and SWAIA's Indian Market as well as at numerous competitive shows. She was a 2009 Artist Fellow of the Museum of the American Indian, won the IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Contemporary Native American Arts in 2007 and was voted San Francisco Weekly’s Painter of the Year in 2006. This work blends Native American symbolism and mythic imagery such as the fish skeleton and wolf into a contemporary acrylic work featuring Bugs Bunny.

 

Annette S. Lee (American/Sioux)

 

Lee has received degrees in Painting, Astrophysics, and Applied Mathematics. This unusual combination of knowledge, as well as her background as mixed-race Dakota/Sioux, informs her work. Her art addresses the crisis of the loss of Ojibwe and Dakota/Lakota star knowledge. Lee wants to preserve indigenous astrology for future generations. In her pieces, constellations and Native American imagery is strong.

 

Ana Maria Hernando (American, born 1959)

 

Argentina-born Hernando is both an artist and a poet. Her most recent work, the Night Flowers series, includes two prints that delve into darkness and light within darkness. The backgrounds are expressionistic and rich – full of metallic inks, patterns, and jet black ink. She then juxtaposes the dark background with neon flower outlines, creating a rich contrast. While one focus of hers is flowers, the other focus is transparent action. Hernando is fascinated by the invisible acts of love that are committed every day and this gives her work a softness that can be felt even through the high contrast images like the Night Flowers.

 

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)

 

Andy Warhol was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1928. After a long career as a commercial illustrator, the artist began making a series of silkscreen prints that both celebrated and satirized contemporary culture, the most notorious of which are the Marilyn and the Campbell’s series. He indulged all of the arts from his studio, dubbed “The Factory,” bringing in artists from all genres and walks of life to create a bohemian, intellectual atmosphere.

 

Anne Labovitz (American, born 1965)

 

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Anne Labovitz is an active artist who works and teaches in Minneapolis. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Walker Art Center and was formerly a member of the Colleagues Advisory Board at the Weisman Art Museum at UMN – Minneapolis. Galleries and museums in the U.S. and abroad in Spain and Germany have exhibited her work. Her works primarily address the multi-faceted traits and characteristics that comprise a persona.

 

Angie Yazzie (Taos Pueblo, NM, born 1965)

 

Yazzie was born in Taos, NM and has lived there all of her life. Though primarily a self-taught artist, she was introduced to pottery techniques at an early age by her mother and her maternal grandmother, Isabel C. Archuleta. Her works are best known for the thinness of their walls and their variety of shapes.

 

Benjamin Chee Chee (Ojibwe/Canadian, 1944-1977)

 

Chee Chee taught himself to paint and draw and eventually got involved with the Woodland School of Painting and traditional Ojibwa art. Unlike his predecessors, Chee Chee painted in the style of modern abstraction – reducing lines, simplifying forms, and minimizing colors. It was believed that Chee Chee was always driven by the idea of finding his mother. In the last year of his life, he did manage to find his mother, but later he was arrested and he committed suicide in his jail cell.

 

Carol Vigil (American/Jemez Pueblo, born 1960)

 

Born in Jemez, New Mexico, Vigil was taught clay work by her grandmother. She has won numerous awards in pottery competitions, including the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. In the authoritative 2000 book by Dr. Gregory Schaaff, Pueblo Indian Pottery, he writes, “Carol Vigil is an exceptional contemporary potter. Her work is often large and impressive. The shapes of her pots are unique, including some with elongated necks and diagonal lines. Her designs are complex.”

 

Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo, born 1964)

 

Romero was born in Berkeley, CA in 1964 to a Cochiti Pueblo Indian, Santiago Romero, and a European-American, Nellie Guth. He combines traditional Anasazi and Mimbres motifs and techniques with Greek black-figure painting styles, resulting in unique, almost pop-art creations. His works touch upon the historical, the political, and the sexual.

 

More on Romero (article published in School Arts Digital, September 2014)

 

David A. Ericson (Swedish-American, 1869-1946)

 

Born to an immigrant couple, David Axel Ericson lived through a difficult childhood. An infection spread to his knee, which later forced physicians to amputate. His creative spirit, whose foundations lay in the observation of nature, was not dampened by this obstacle. After recovering his strength, he later earned a reputation as a local portraitist. Though he had little formal training, his works were well molded and true to life. Under the tutelage of Charles F. Johnson, Ericson went on to earn a gold medal at the 1885 Art Exhibition in the Minnesota State Fair for his work Salting the Sheep.

 

John Schuerman (American, born 1961)

 

Schuerman is a self-taught artist and independent curator. He was born in Wisconsin on a farm; the experience deeply impressed upon him the vital forces of nature. Of himself, he says that he has no interest in separating the human experience or psyche from nature, though he finds the tension between the two forces fascinating. He currently works and resides in Minneapolis, MN.

 

John B. Feather (Yankton Sioux, born 1956)

 

A Wisconsin native, John Feather is deeply connected to his Sioux heritage. One of his strongest influences was the church at the Saint Paul Catholic Indian Boarding School. He found that the artwork in the interior created a resplendent oasis among all the hard, sterile corners of the school’s campus. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1977, 1978, and 1983, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis in 1979, and the University of Minnesota from 1987-1989.

 

John Montoya (Sandia Pueblo, NM, 1960-2004?) 2005

 

John Montoya led a revival of Sandia Pueblo pottery and initiated new techniques and direction for the craft. He draws from traditional Mimbres designs and motifs. He was largely self-taught; seeking advice and lessons about pottery, he asked another Pueblo elder to teach him, but he was rebuffed. The elder told him that the Clay Mother best informs. This allowed him to develop his own style and to apply it to his art.

 

Karen Karnes (American, born 1925)

 

Karnes was born in New York City in 1925. She attended art school for children in her youth, influenced by her parents’ Russian and Polish immigrant philosophies. They fostered in her a sense of community, a stoic attitude, as well as communist ideals. She and her husband decided to move to North Carolina in her mid-twenties. There she became a country potter, choosing to live on a farm and working with clay and older firing practices. She received a Graduate Fellowship from Alfred University and has won a gold medal from The American Craft Council for consummate craftsmanship.

 

Max-Carlos Martinez (American, born 1961)

 

Martinez is a self-taught painter. Born in New Mexico, he cultivated his creativity early, in part thanks to his parents who recognized his potential. At first he was reluctant to be “fenced in” by the tropes prevalent in Southwestern art, but after he moved to New York, he experienced two vision-changing events: The Latin American exhibition at the MoMA and the death of his grandfather. This compelled him to address and reflect upon his own roots and cultural heritage, a pool of inspiration often found in his current work.

 

Maria Martinez (Pueblo, San Idelfonso, 1887-1980)

 

Maria Montoya Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo was a highly skilled practitioner of traditional ceramic arts. Most well known for her “black-on-black” ceramic works, she and her husband created works together until his death in 1943. She heightened her own visibility by signing her works. Her craftsmanship quickly earned her widespread renown and higher asking prices, which she used to improve the conditions of her community.

 

Marie Z. Chino (Acoma Pueblo, NM, 1907-1982)

 

Acoma Wedding Jar, c. 1960 Ceramic, clay, yucca brush, slips, natural pigments Collection of the Tweed Museum of Art, UMD Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation Fund D2013.18.2

 

Marie Zieu Chino is a highly revered Acoma potter. She and her contemporaries, Lucy M. Lewis and Jessie Garcia, initiated a revival of traditional pottery crafts of many cultures in the Anasazi region. She is known for her fine-line, black-on-white, coiled pottery forms. She employed many designs and patterns, including animals, swirls, kiva steps, rainbows, plant-life, and meteorological phenomena. A matriarch of the Acoma pueblo, she mentored family members and other students in the art of pottery making.

 

Ruth Vollmer (German/American, 1902-1982)

 

Vollmer began her career later in life after moving from Germany to America in 1935. Her focus was on geometric and minimalist form earlier than many other artists, so she had a considerable influence on the more contemporary artists who were also interested in minimalist and geometric art. Vollmer also likes to create contrasts within her art: elegance and casualness, raw and manipulated materials, and mathematical precision with natural organicism.

 

Rocky McCorkle (American, born 1978)

 

Rocky McCorkle was born in August 1978 in Columbus, Ohio. He received his BFA at Ohio State University in Photography and went on to earn his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2007, McCorkle began his project You & Me On A Sunny Day. The photographic series, 135 photographs in all, is meant to be seen as a non-motion picture. McCorkle worked with his downstairs neighbor, Gilda, every Sunday for five years, as he photographed her for their psychological thriller.

 

Gilda stars as Millie, a widow. The story follows Millie as she is confronting her past and her late husband, Jack. Her memories are influenced and dictated by the movie playing in the background, Sunset Boulevard. McCorkle would like the viewer to walk around the exhibit, follow the photographs in sequence, and take in the story as quickly or slowly as they want. An entire show of all the works would need to be a large-scale show because the works would need to stretch out to over 1000 feet.

 

McCorkle shot these photographs with a Cambo 8 x 10 camera, also using strobe and tungsten lights. He also used the method of shooting all the different focal points in the scene and putting them back together in order to create extremely vibrant and clear photographs. Each photograph is comprised of 22 or more sheets of film and the megapixel quality is 40 times greater than a blockbuster movie. The entire series was shot in San Francisco where McCorkle lives and works, and the interior scenes were shot in McCorkle’s apartment-turned-studio.

 

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo, born 1962)

 

Swentzell came from a family of artists. Born in Taos, NM, she suffered from a speech impediment in her early childhood and turned to clay as a means of expression. In high school, she was allowed to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts for two years, where she cultivated her talent. After graduating, she studied at the Portland Museum of Art School. Swentzell currently resides in Santa Clara. Her work primarily concerns gender roles, body image and politics and the American Indian identity in flux.

 

Robert Patricio (Acoma Pueblo, NM, born 1976)

 

Robert Patricio was born into Acoma Pueblo in June, 1976. He is the great-grandson of the renowned Marie Z. Chino, whose work also resides at the Tweed. He specializes in hand-coiled and painted pottery, using the traditional methods of pottery making. In his work, he attempts to recreate patterns used on ancient pottery shards discovered by the Acoma Pueblo. In 2010, the SWAIA Indian Market awarded him the “Best in Pottery” award.

 

Susan Hagen (American, born 1959)

 

A Wisconsin-raised sculptor, the Philadelphia-based artist focuses on everyday Americans— soldiers, teens, families, and children. She earned her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has taught at many institutions, including the Bucks County Community College, the Penland School of Craft, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

 

Willie Cole (American, born 1955)

 

Cole was trained in media arts and graphic design at Boston University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is well-known for his use of ordinary, everyday objects, and the transformation of those objects into powerful works of art. In his series “The Beauties”, Cole worked with ironing boards to portray the individuality and personal histories inanimate objects can have. He flattened the ironing boards so that they could be inked and run through printing presses. All of the imperfections, the wear-and-tear, and the life story of these ironing boards are on display after this process. Cole also named each ironing board print with a woman’s name. The women’s names are a nod to the women in his family and the names are also representative of slaves or domestic helpers. They each have a story and a history, and Cole portrays those stories through his ironing board prints.

 
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