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Eiteljorg Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship 2005

Into The Fray

Eiteljorg Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship 2005

Into The Fray

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Into The Fray

Two of our Eiteljorg Fellows who have since passed on, John Hoover (Aleut, 1919-2011) and Harry Fonseca (Nisenan Maidu/Portuguese/Hawaiian, 1946-2006), were in this Fellowship round. Hoover, the 2005 Distinguished Artist, is well known and still revered in Alaska. One year after Fonseca received the Fellowship, the contemporary Native art community mourned his death.

John Hoover (Aleut, 1919 - 2011), 'Blue Footed Boobies', 1998, cedar, 25 x 27 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship
James Lavadour (Walla Walla, born 1951), 'Naming Tanager', 2001, oil on wood, 72 x 96 in., Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship. Acquisition in honor of Bonnie Reilly for her long service to the museum's Collections Council

Informative Process

  I think of art as an informative process, it informs me. Every time I look into a painting I see something new and I start to understand the mechanics of it and those mechanics lead me to other things. When I understand the basic principal of one thing it opens up a whole new thing, so art is a universal informative process.”

James Lavadour (Walla Walla) 2005 Fellowship Artist

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Harry Fonseca (Maidu, Nisenan, Portuguese, Hawaiian, 1946 - 2006), 'St. Francis of Assisi', 1999, mixed media on canvas, 66 x 35 in., Museum purchase with funds provided by Harry S. Nungesser in loving memory of his partner Harry Fonseca