Migrations: New Directions in Native American Printmaking to be displayed in Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will feature the works of Steven Deo, Tom Jones, Larry McNeil, Ryan Lee Smith, Star Wallowing Bull and Marie Watt in the exhibit “Migrations: New Directions in Native American Printmaking” January 7 – February 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Viewings can be arranged outside or regular hours by checking out a key from the University Center Information Desk. A closing reception will be held on Friday, February 1, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Deo, born in Oklahoma, is the descendant of the Euchee and Creek Nations, and shares his culture through his artwork, which includes painting, sculpture and mixed media. With a passion for nature, Jones specializes in watercolor landscapes. His paintings can be seen in the Florida State Capitol Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, in addition to museums and corporate buildings.

An artist and scholar, McNeil uses humor and satire to contest stereotypes associated with Natives. He describes his work as a “potent emotional charge” for him, recalling his family history throughout the last hundred years. Smith is a painter of Cherokee and Choctaw decent, who describes himself as an artist representing “the collective pride of Native people.” He works to capture images that are pure and innate pride for the Native American culture.

Wallowing Bull received the prestigious 2010 Bush Artist Fellowship and in 2001 received the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Native Artist Fellowship. His artwork has been displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., and British Museum of Art in London, England, among others.

Watt’s work is a mix of indigenous design principles, oral tradition, personal experiences and Western art history. Her approach is shaped by the proto-feminism of Iroquois matrilineal custom, political work by Native artists in the 60s, a discourse on multiculturalism, as well as abstract expressionism and pop art.

For more information on this exhibit or Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, contact Assistant Professor of Art Andrew Casto at 319-363-1323 extension 1377 or email acasto@mtmercy.edu

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