Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Once again I have fallen behind on some of the news concerning the arts in Indy. In an attempt to clean out a selection of my saved emails and press releases, I will post a number of them here in a single post. I will make this the museum edition...
Indianapolis Museum of Art:
IMA's 2nd Annual Gala- Coming October 9th, if you are into the black tie affairs, have some deep pockets or at least a good amount of cash on hand, you may want to consider attending this event and help support the IMA.
ArtBabble- ArtBabble has just announced they have two new partners, bringing the grand total to date up to 19. The two new partners to the site are the Hammer Museum and Smarthistory.
Five artists named 2009 Eiteljorg Fellows-
From the Press Release:
Nearly three quarters of a million dollars in grants awarded and one of the world’s finest collections of Native contemporary art have earned the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art recognition as a leader in contemporary art.
Today, the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art cemented that status as it announces the five artists who will join a cadre of 30 previous Fellows as indigenous contemporary artists whose works are infiltrating the mainstream art world.
In its sixth biennium, the Eiteljorg Fellowship program is giving four unrestricted grants of $25,000 each to juried Native artists working in the field of contemporary art, as well as one $25,000 grant to an invited artist based on his influential contributions made over a lifetime.
The 2009 Eiteljorg Fellows (and their tribal affiliations) are:
Invited Artist: Edward Poitras (Gordon First Nations/Métis), Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jim Denomie (Ojibwe), Shafer, Minn., U.S.
Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw/Cherokee), Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.
Faye HeavyShield (Kainai-Blood), Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Wendy Red Star (Crow), Portland, Ore., U.S.
New this year, the Eiteljorg Museum will launch a Web site, www.fellowship.eiteljorg.org, to provide online access to thousands of works by Native artists and to serve as a digital forum for the exchange of ideas.
“The Fellowship is intended to elevate the visibility of Native contemporary art and encourage the voices of Native and First Nations artists in the field,” said Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and the Fellowship director since its inception ten years ago.
“The new microsite provides a forum for artists, scholars, students, collectors, enthusiasts and anyone who’s curious about Native contemporary art to learn, interact and communicate,” added Complo McNutt.
From Nov. 13, 2009, through Feb. 12, 2010, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis will showcase the works from this year’s class of Fellows in a special exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will publish a catalogue with images, scholarly articles and essays. A gala dinner and public programs will bring the artists to Indianapolis and allow the public to experience contemporary fine art.
The museum also will purchase more than $100,000 in art for its permanent collection from the Fellowship artists.
Since its inception in 1999, the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art has awarded more than $725,000 in unrestricted grants and added more than 125 pieces of art by 30 Native artists to the Eiteljorg Museum’s permanent collection. As a result, the Eiteljorg is acknowledged to have the finest collection of Native contemporary art in the world.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call
(317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit www.eiteljorg.org.