UPCOMING EXHIBITIONSEye Center of Northern Colorado Exhibition Series
Contemporary Native American Series
Intricate Form: Sydney Pursel & Brenda Mallory
Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel
January 18 – March 17, 2019
Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel specializes in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. As a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska with strong Irish Catholic roots, she investigates personal identity and contemporary Indigenous issues through art. Some of Sydney’s projects are used to educate others about food politics, assimilation, language loss, appropriation, and history in addition to projects amongst her own community focusing on language acquisition, culture and art.
Her work has been shown at public parks, universities and alternative spaces in Columbia, MO; Kansas City, MO; Lawrence, KS; San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA; Toronto, ON; Vermillion, SD; and White Cloud, KS. Pursel received her MFA in Expanded Media at the University of Kansas and her BFA in Painting from the University of Missouri.
January 18 – March 17, 2019
Brenda Mallory’s (Cherokee Nation) work ranges from individual wall-hangings and sculptures to large-scale installations. She works with mixed media, creating multiple forms that are joined with crude hardware or mechanical devices in ways that imply tenuous connections and aberrations. She is interested in ideas of interference and disruption of long-established systems in nature and human cultures. Mallory grew up in Oklahoma and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She received a BA in Linguistics & English from UCLA and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Mallory has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council. In 2015 she was an Eiteljorg Museum Contemporary Native Art Fellow and in 2016 she received a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.
Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery
Melanie Yazzie: Mind Mapping
January 18 – March 17, 2019
As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates both personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Dine culture. Her work is informed and shaped by personal experiences and tries to tell many stories about things both real and imagined. The history of Native America and Native peoples includes forced assimilation and cultural genocide that has occurred due in great part to government boarding schools. Native youth and communities today are burdened with the consequences of this history and by an educational system that prioritizes knowledge foreign to Native community’s indigenous knowledge.
Melanie Yazzie is a professor of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Colorado, Boulder.
Erika Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Erika’s artwork deals with cultural connections to place and environment. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions in recent years – including shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institute. Erika is currently represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado.
She has also been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Erika’s work has been highlighted in three books surveying the evolution of land and environmental art in the West. It has also been featured in regional publications along with international art magazines such as New American Paintings, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.
Erika Osborne has also dedicated herself to university level art education. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University, Erika teaches all levels of painting alongside an interdisciplinary field course for artists titled, Art and Environment.
This group exhibition of Colorado artists was created to artistically explore issues regarding the sustainability of our planet’s environment.
MOA | FC will open the traveling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” which showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its nearly 130 year history.
In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot.
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