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Art Walk

Friday, February 6, 5 to 9pm

Project Website: Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Mantanzas Bay

Concurrent with the St. Augustine 450th commemoration, artists Arthur, Begaye and Hitchcock present a curatorial project which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. The curators asked seventy-two artists to respond to the experience of imprisonment by creating an individual work on paper in the same dimensions as the historic ledger drawings made at Fort Marion from 1875-1878. The exhibition is a contemporary response to a historical experience held intact within American Indian communities through oral history and art.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

The following artists and scholars have been invited to speak about the exhibition in a contemporary context and how the exhibition responds to historical events: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Arts, Occidental College and Chair of American Indian Studies, Autry National Center Institute), Harry Mithlo (Artist and Apache Tribal Historian), Juanita Pahdopony (Artist &s; past President of Comanche Nation College, Lawton, OK), heather ahtone (Asst. Curator, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma-Norman), Edgar Heap-of-Birds (Artist, Professor of Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma), and Willie Johns (Cultural Specialist and Chief Justice of the Seminole Tribe of Florida)

Symposium Schedule:

  • 10am to 12pm: Panel #1: Harry Mithlo, Nancy Mithlo and Juanita Pahdopony
  • 2pm: Panel #2: heather ahtone
  • 3pm: Exhibition walk-through with curators, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock
  • 7pm: Panel #3: Emily Arthur, Willie Johns, Keynote Speaker: Edgar Heap of Birds

Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

March 6 to April 17, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 5 to 9pm

Elaine Bleakney, For Another Writing Back

March 12, 2015

Poetry Reading: Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Elaine Bleakney is the author of two works of prose poetry: For Another Writing Back (Sidebrow Books, 2014) and 20 Paintings by Laura Owens (Poor Claudia, 2013). Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Verse Daily, The Volta and others. She is an editor at large for At Length, a place for long-form writing, and the editor of the tear-apart poetry anthology Poem In Your Pocket (Abrams, 2009). In 2013, Elaine was one of fifteen artists selected to take part in the Little Brown Mushroom Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers held at photographer Alec Soth's Minneapolis, Minnesota studio. A native of Arizona, Elaine was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She works at Penland School of Crafts. She has taught poetry writing at Flagler and at the University of California, Irvine.
Elaine Bleakney

BFA and BA Portfolio Exhibition Spring 2015

April 30 – May 2, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Art Walk

Friday, May 1, 5 to 9pm

Alumni Exhibition

May 15 – June 19, 2015

Juried by Kristan Kennedy, Artist & Visual Art Curator, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm