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Duane Slick

Duane Slick

Fellowship Artist

Fellowship: We Are Here (2011)
Cultural Affiliation: Mesqwaki/Ho-Chunk

Although born in Waterloo, Iowa, Slick spent time at both his father and mother’s reservations; he currently lives in North Providence, Rhode Island. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1986, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of California—Davis in 1990. From 1992 through 1995, he was a professor of painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and since 1995, he has been a professor of painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1993, Slick was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Travel Grant from the College Art Association, and a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2010, he was the Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research. Slick’s paintings are considered abstract and minimalistic on the one hand, and window-like and ghostly on the other. His pieces strive to communicate his journey for a metaphysical worldview.