Stories from the Land: Indigenous Voices Connecting Within the Great Plains

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Stories from the Land

Stories from the Land: Indigenous Voices Connecting Within the Great Plains is an art exhibition and symposium cohosted by Bethany College and First American Art Magazine. These events seek to revitalize Kansas as a central meeting place by exploring the topics of art embodying culture, the environment, and forming regional groups. Indigenous artists, scholars, and allies will explore how Native humanities and visual arts can help people of all background better connect with the land on which they live. These events honor Kansas’s longstanding role as a meeting place between diverse tribes. Lindsborg, Kansas, is part of the ancestral home of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

Exhibition

The art exhibition Stories from the Land: Indigenous Voices Connecting Within the Great Plains will be on view from February 11 through March 15, 2019, at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and the Mingenback Art Gallery.

Participating artists include Norman Akers (Osage), Matthew Bearden (Potawatomi/Kickapoo), Kelly Church (Odawa/Ojibwe/Potawatomi), Chase Earles (Caddo), Michael Elizondro Jr. (Southern Cheyenne/Kaw/Chumash), Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee), Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa), April Holder (Sac & Fox/Tonkawa/Wichita), Matt Jarvis (Osage), Linda Eben Jones (Northern Paiute/Modoc), Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), Chris Pappan (Kaw/Osage/Lakota), Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute/Modoc), Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/Sac & Fox), Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk/Potawatomi), and Micah Wesley (Muscogee/Kiowa).

This exhibition is co-curated by Jean Merz Edwards and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation).

Gallery reception: Friday, March 8, 5:00–8:00 pm

Note: Birger Sandzén was the Swedish-born painter who mentored Oscar Jacobson (also born in Sweden), who in turn created the program at the University of Oklahoma for the Kiowa Six to study painting. Jacobson was a curator and early champion of Native American art.

Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
401 N. 1st Street, Lindsborg, KS 67456 | link

Mingenback Art Gallery
335 E. Swensson Street, Lindsborg KS 67456 | link

Symposium

Taking place from March 7 through 9, 2019, the symposium explore diverse perspectives on the interrelationships between Indigenous humanities and the land. Sessions will explore Art Embodying Culture; The Environment; and Forming Regional Groups.

  • Thursday, March 7: Artist discussion at the Smoky Hill Museum, 211. W. Iron Avenue, Salina, KS | link
  • Friday, March 8: Symposium at Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  • Saturday, March 8: Symposium at Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS

More info about the symposium

Info for artists


We are grateful for the support of Humanities Kansas in making this exhibition and symposium possible.

Humanities Kansas
first american art magazine
Smoky Hill Museum
Bethany College

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