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Relive the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2019

the 2019 eiteljorg
contemporary art fellowship
november 16, 2019 – february 2, 2020

about the


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 fellowship is made possible by:


Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota, born 1976), 'Untitled (Black and Gold)', 2019, Acrylic, bugle beads, thread and synthetic sinew on canvas, 48 x 48 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship
Hannah Claus (Bay of Quinte Mohawk, born 1969), 'water song: peemitanaahkwahki sakaahkweelo', 2019, Digital imagery printed on acetate film (Durachrome UV ink on Jetview film), thread (Gütermann Scala 60), PVA glue 240 x 168 x 15 in. - Museum Commission: Eiteljorg Fellowship

blurring the line

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

meet the 2019

fellowship artists

meet the 2019

fellowship artists

2019 Fellow Matthew Kirk

Matthew Kirk


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.

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2019 Fellow Dyani White Hawk

Dyani White Hawk

Sičangu Lakota

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.

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2019 Fellow Hannah Claus

Hannah Claus

Bay of Quinte Mohawk

Claus is a multidisciplinary artist who creates suspended sculptural installations or videos that reference time, place, elements, or bodies of water.

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2019 Fellow Demian DinéYazhi´

Demian DinéYazhi´


DinéYazhi´ is a multidisciplinary artist who does not limit their investigation into the contemporary radical Indigenous voice.

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about our

Invited Artist

Rita Letendre


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.

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2019 Rita Letendre
Mathew Kirk (Navajo, born 1978), 'Gravel Top', 2017, Mixed media on paper, 38 x 50 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship

30 years of making a difference

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

See How Native Contemporary Art

starts conversations

See How Native Contemporary Art

starts conversations

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