Since 1999, the biennial Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has been integral internationally to helping bring contemporary Native art to the forefront, celebrating supporting and amplifying the voices of groundbreaking Native contemporary artists.
We are fortunate to have shared in the stories from the lives of artists who have passed away. Learn more about our late Fellows here.
The Fellows at the Eiteljorg Fellowship are carefully selected by a team of expert curators. Among other benefits, the fellows are given a platform to share their stories, and some of their works are permanently added to the Eiteljorg collection. We have been fortunate to engage with dozens of talented Native American contemporary artist through the years. To learn more about these incredible artists, please browse our list of all past Fellows below.
UNSETTLE/Converge maintains the thought process of the last two Fellowship titles: the defining parameters of contemporary Native art have blurred, shifted boundaries, and are now embarking on un-settling or Indigenizing definitions to present Native voices and visions foremost. Contemporary Native art is having a moment; before many others, the Eiteljorg has recognized and celebrated contemporary Native art since 1999. While the rest of the world has had to play catch up, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship continues to lead in presentation and respect for contemporary Native art.
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.
Chosen for their thought-provoking contemporary works, the works created by these artists truly embody what it means to “blur the line” in contemporary art.
Native Art Now! was created by the Eiteljorg as a thought-provoking retrospective exhibition. The 2017 event was a chance to look back at 20 years of Eiteljorg Fellowships and appreciate the artists who were brought together to observe the notion that “contemporary Native American art has thrived in the past quarter century.” To learn more about this unique retrospective and the Fellowship artists whose works were represented, click the link below.