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IAIA A-i-R: Youngbird and Craig on KSFR
Tue, April 2, 2019, 10:00 am–10:30 am
Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Laura Youngbirdand Jordan Ann Craig in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”
March 20, 2019–April 10, 2019
Laura Youngbird (Minnesota Chippewa Grand Portage Band) is primarily a printmaker. She works in series and has several going at once. Starting with a background of monotype ink wash with stencils, dyed paper and collage, she creates multi-layered mixed-media prints. She incorporates dress patterns, other transparent papers, old prints and then draws, paints or prints additional imagery over these complex surfaces.
The themes in her work originate from experiences of her family, particularly her grandmother, at boarding schools and the issues around their assimilation into non-Indian culture. Youngbird, who serves on the local Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman Task Force, has been addressing the epidemic in her work. Her work has been exhibited locally and regionally and she taught art at Circle of Nations School, an off-reservation boarding school in Wahpeton, North Dakota for 17 years, as an Artist-in-Resident for the North Dakota Council on the Arts (1992–2003) and for the Fargo Public Schools. In addition to printmaking, she has also studied pottery. She was awarded a Jerome Fellowship in 2003 to work and study with master potter, Richard Bresnahan, at St. John’s University, Minnesota. She also received two Artist Initiative Grants in 2009 and 2011 from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Youngbird completed her BS, BFA with a minor in American Indian Studies, and MA from Minnesota State University Moorhead. As an undergraduate she worked in the Archeology department as a lab and field assistant. She is currently the Director of Native American Art Programs at Plains Art Museum in Fargo ND, the only accredited Art Museum in the state of North Dakota. The permanent collection focuses on contemporary art, approximately twenty-five percent of which is Native American work.
Jordan Ann Craig
March 25, 2019–April 25, 2019
Jordan Ann Craig (Northern Cheyenne) is an artist based in Oakland, California. As a painter and printmaker, she creates intricate patterns, peculiar geometries, and unique artist books. She draws inspiration from Indigenous textiles and pottery, Aboriginal paintings, and landscapes. She studied Studio Art and Psychology at Dartmouth College and graduated with High Honors in 2015. Craig continues her art practice by participating in residency and fellowship programs, giving artist talks and exhibiting her work nationally and internationally.
In 2017, she was awarded the H. Allen Brook’s Travelling Fellowship to complete artist residencies in communal print shops across Europe. Moreover, she has done artist residencies at Kala Art Institute, Cork Printmakers, AGA Lab, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, and the School For Advanced Research (SAR). As the 2018 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow at SAR, Craig studied Southwestern Native American pottery, and produced twelve large paintings examining and recontextualizing Pueblo Pottery design. She has been recently interviewed by The Pasatiempo Magazine, SAR NOW, The Dartmouth newspaper, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and Native America Calling podcast. Her latest artist residency brought her to London where she printed textiles at East London Printmakers.
Partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.