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Eiteljorg Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship 1999

Contemporary Masters

Eiteljorg Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship 1999

Contemporary Masters

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Contemporary Masters

1999 was the inaugural year for the Fellowship program. George Morrison (Ojibwe) was unanimously chosen by the developers of the Fellowship to be the first Master Artist. At the time, the program was known as the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. We used the term “Fine Art” to distinguish it from an Indian art market.

George Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, 1919 - 2000), 'Plant Variations', 1953, watercolor and ink on paper, 20 × 26 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship
Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk, 1944 - 2019), 'Waterfall '99', 1999, wood, 96 × 144 × 4 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship. Additional funding provided by Mike and Juanita Eagle, Roger and Mindy Eiteljorg, Stan and Sandy Hurt, Arnold and Carol Jolles, Jay Peacock and Carolyn Kincannon

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  I’m hoping that what I’m really after is the appreciation of our environment. The place that all of us live as human beings. The environment is crucial to our existence. We can no longer treat it in the matter that we have, but there has to be a degree of respect. And that’s really our survival.”

Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) 1999 Fellowship Artist

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Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwaka’wakw, born 1969), 'Decended From Heaven', 1999, Acrylic on canvas, 64 3/8 x 64 3/8 x 2 1/2 in., Gift: Courtesy of Melvin and Joan B. Perelman