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Museum’s spring artist residency announced

Feb 3, 2021

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (CEAM) and Flagler College welcome Toronto-based artists Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan to the CEAM Artist Residency from Feb. 7 – 20. Hupfield and Lujan work collaboratively under the name Native Art Department International (NADI) to produce artworks, exhibition, events and film screenings. Their current exhibition Bureau of Aesthetics is currently on view at Flagler College’s CEAM, and is produced and organized by Mercer Union, Toronto. In conjunction with their residency, the artists will give a virtual talk about their work on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is required.

Artist selfie with the two artists up close wearing masks in black and white photo.

Photo courtesy of the artists.

Please visit here to register for the virtual talk.

In addition to collaborating with students and faculty in the Department of Visual Art via class visits and workshops, NADI will undertake a transformative reorganization of the exhibition that recognizes the gallery as a dynamic site for engagement and inclusion. A 3D virtual exhibition of both iterations of the Bureau of Aesthetics will be available online for the public to engage with the work due to limitations resulting from the pandemic.

Hupfield and Lujan began making work together as NADI in part to support contemporary artists of Native American and First Nations descent by circumventing the essentialist and often fetishized readings projected onto the work made by Indigenous cultural producers. Their multi-modal and transdisciplinary approach includes sculpture, video and performance, that challenges the classifications ingrained within in systems of power and interpretation, and leaves the artists free to produce work on their own terms.

Their collaborative work has been manifested through exhibitions, artist residencies, performances and programs at venues such as Mercer Union, Toronto; Kadist SF; Bard Graduate Center N.Y.; The Drawing Center N.Y.; The Kitchen N.Y.; and Artists Space N.Y., among others.

Maria Hupfield is a transdisciplinary artist/Anishinaabek from Wasauksing First Nation, Canada. Her exhibition Nine Years Towards the Sun opened the 90th Anniversary of the Heard Museum. She is the inaugural Borderlands Fellow (2020-22) with the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, The New School in New York, and the Center for the Imagination, Arizona State University.

Jason Lujan is from Marfa, Texas. His multidisciplinary work sidesteps Native American identity to focus on transnational experiences and aesthetics. Lujan exhibited at the Heard Museum, Ariz.; National Museum of the American Indian, N.Y.; Curitiba Biennial, Brazil; and the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico. He curates and co-organizes exhibitions and is a board chair at ABC No Rio.

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations for the virtual curator talk, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.  

The CEAM and Flagler College are both currently closed to the public due to campus COVID guidelines. More information about virtual programming, including a 3D virtual tour of the CEAM space is available on the website at You can also follow on Instagram (@crispellertart) or Facebook (Crisp-Ellert Art Museum) or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or To directly link to the virtual tour of the museum, please visit here

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