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Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914 - 1994), 'Migration', 1992, cast bronze, 62 x 38 1/2 x 37 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship



Celebrating, supporting, and magnifying
the voices of groundbreaking Native
contemporary artists.

Supporting Native Contemporary


Each Fellowship, the Eiteljorg Museum honors a selection of fellowship artists (Fellows) and an invited artist for their contributions to the world of Native contemporary art. Support includes: monetary grants, purchasing art for the permanent collection, and sharing their art and stories worldwide.

Meet past fellowship artists
Dana Claxton ( Hunkpapa Lakota, born 1959 ), Onto the Red Road 3, 2007, Digital print of pigment ink printed on Moab Lasal Photo Matte archival paper mounted on foamcore, Museum purchase from the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, 2007.10.3
Meryl McMaster ( Plains Cree / Blackfoot, born 1988 ) Meryl, 2011, Digital chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Luster Paper made on a LightJet 430 printer, Museum purchase from the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, 2014.3.4

Expanding Contemporary Native Art


Each Fellowship builds on 20+ years of
increasing awareness and appreciation for
Native contemporary art.

See past fellowships

Facilitating Powerful


Conversations are the foundation for impactful contemporary art, and the need for them is forever great. Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship serves as a platform for examining and challenging our contemporary world through art.

Demian DinéYazhi´ (Diné, born 1983), 'my ancestors will not let me forget this', 2019, Neon, aluminum, 21 x 42 x 20 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship

Explore the

2021 Fellowship

Anita Fields (Osage / Muscogee), Starr Man , 2015 Clay, slip, gold luster glaze Collection of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Okl ahoma, Norman; The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, 2010

Shifting Boundaries

The boundaries of Native art, particularly contemporary Native art, are shifting. This shifting, like tectonic plates, is exciting to experience because like the forces of Earth, Native art is an energy. This energy is growing, bold and free from confinement. Contemporary Native art does not ignore its origins nor does it exclude. The artists in the 2021 Fellowship epitomize this dynamic shift, taking their mediums beyond a 180 degree -turn, taking them past any boundaries.

Explore The Fellowship

Anita Fields
(Invited Artist)
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sonny Assu
Ligwilda’xw of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

Catherine Blackburn
English River Dene First Nation
Thornhill, British Columbia, Canada

Athena Latocha
Húŋkpapȟa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe
Peekskill, N.Y.

Steven Yazzie
Diné/Laguna Pueblo
Denver, Colorado

Introducing the

2023 Eiteljorg Fellows

Ruth Cuthand
Plains Cree
(Invited Artist)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA

Natalie Ball
Klamath Tribes
(Klamath / Modoc)

Chiloquin, Oregon

Sean Chandler
Aaniiih (Gros Ventre)
Harlem, Montana

Mercedes Dorame
Burbank, California

Raven Halfmoon
Caddo Nation / Choctaw / Delaware
Norman, Oklahoma

Hear their voices:

Watch the film

In 2017 Eiteljorg chose to reflect on the 20 past years of Contemporary Art Fellowships. Native Art Now! (A Retrospective) highlighted nearly 40 works by past Fellows. In this documentary film, hear their stories to better understand the impact and exploration of past and present Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowships.

“What I want people to take away from my work is a sense of humanity. I want people to recognize that Native people are human beings and our history is everybody’s history.”

– Wendy Red Star (Crow, b. 1981)

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