The Eiteljorg Museum’s nationally renowned Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has been integral to increasing awareness of and an appreciation for Native contemporary art. The relationships, publications, exhibitions and collection resources that have been developed through it are unparalleled.
The line that separates contemporary Native art from customary Native art does not exist. The work of contemporary Native artists today is a continuum of Native expression. It does not solely exist in the Native world or mainstream art community. Native contemporary art cannot be judged by whether there is a recognizably Native design or form integrated into the art. Native art connects to individual artists, it rejects stereotypes, it reflects today and like all art, has changed over time. It not only blurs the line; it challenges the narrow definitions assigned to contemporary Native art and overcomes them.”
Jennifer Complo McNutt Eiteljorg Curator Of Contemporary Art
Through mark-making in pencil, chalk, and oil stick on paper or applying unusual mediums… Kirk’s compositions take on a life of their own, resembling road maps, Navajo rugs, or urban landscapes.
White Hawk combines her use of traditional Lakota mediums (such as porcupine quills or beads) and geometric patterns to her canvases to conceive intricate mixed media works.
Letendre attended the École des Beaux-Arts for nearly two years before she began her career in abstract painting. She has had over sixty solo shows and her works are in the collections of numerous Canadian and American museums, including the National Gallery of Canada.
As the Eiteljorg Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019, we are proud to be stewards of one of the most important collections of contemporary Native art in the world and to showcase fascinating, important works of Indigenous artists whose innovation and creativity have been recognized through the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.”
John Vanausdall Eiteljorg Museum President and CEO