American painter, printmaker and teacher. Colescott produced highly expressive and gestural paintings that addressed a wide range of social and cultural themes and challenged stereotypes. Interested in issues of race, gender and power, his work critiqued the representation of minorities in literature, history, art and popular culture. Stylistically, his work is indebted to European modernism, particularly Cubism and Expressionism, but also makes references to African sculpture, African American art and post–World War II American styles....
Sharon Matt Atkins
Native American (Eastern Band of Cherokee), 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1957, in Baltimore.
Multimedia artist, photographer, illustrator, basket-weaver with paper.
Shan Goshorn, given the Cherokee Wolf Clan name of Yellow Moon, began training in silversmithing at the Cleveland Institute of Art and transferred to the Atlanta College of Art for her final year, receiving a BFA degree in painting and photography (double major) in ...
Native American (Cheyenne and Arapaho), 20th–21st century, male.
Born 22 November, 1954, in Wichita (Kansas).
Painter, draughtsman, sculptor, printmaker, installation artist, conceptual artist, educator.
Edgar Heap of Birds is one of the most distinguished North American indigenous artists of his generation. His works reveal a distinctly critical and historical awareness of the ways that American Indian peoples, their histories and their viewpoints have been ignored and written over under colonialism. He has received numerous honours, presenting his work in competition for the United States Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (...
Native American (Wintu-Nomtipom/Tenai), 20th–21st century, male.
Born 5 October 1937, in San Francisco.
Artist, poet, writer, traditional dancer.
Frank LaPena, of the Wintu-Nomtipom/Tenai of Northern California, is a key figure, along with a number of other important Native artists working in California during the 1970s, in what has been termed a ‘Renaissance’ in California Indian arts. Many of LaPena’s artworks engage directly with his awareness of California Indian experience and memory. He has used Mount Shasta significantly as a source of inspiration. As was usual for his generation, he attended a federal Indian boarding school (in Stewart, Nevada) and experienced its harsh assimilationist doctrines. He began to be interested in the arts during high school and this developed further during his undergraduate years at California State University, Chico. Later earning a teaching credential at San Francisco State University and a Masters of Arts degree at CSU, Sacramento, he would eventually teach at the latter as Professor of Art and Ethnic Studies. He has said that he learnt more from his California Indian elders than anything presented to him in the state education system. Now retired, he continues to hold leadership roles in the arts both locally and nationally....
Native American (Seneca and Tuscarora), 20th–21st century, male.
Born 1942, in Oshweken (Ontario).
Artist, educator, writer, curator.
George Longfish is a distinguished and internationally respected artist whose works often blend humour with a note of irony to draw attention to the problems of representation and stereotypic formulations found in many images and beliefs concerning American Indians. This is shown most effectively in the work ...
Native American (Tongva-Acjachemen), 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1952, in California.
Painter, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, basket weaver, illustrator, indigenous language activist.
As cofounder of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, L. Frank Manriquez, a California Indian artist and activist, has become particularly associated with the movement for language revitalisation and recovery of indigenous knowledge in the state. A multi-talented figure with a gift for humour, especially in her cartoon works, she has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is a board member of the Cultural Conservancy, supporting indigenous rights, self-determination and the protection of native lands. She also makes and teaches about baskets and is a board member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association. As the author of ...
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was founded in 1929 by patrons Lillie P(lummer) Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and Rockefeller family, §1 to establish an institution devoted to modern art. Over the next ten years the Museum moved three times and in 1939 settled in the Early Modern style building (...
Native American (Crow), 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1981, in Billings (Montana).
3D, collage and installation artist, photographer, printmaker.
Wendy Red Star, member of the Crow Nation and niece of noted Crow painter Kevin Red Star, works in a variety of media to produce multi-layered artworks which point to complexities in indigenous North American experience today. Drawing particularly on her years growing up near to the Crow Indian Reservation in Northern Montana, in collages such as ...
Native American (Muscogee Creek and Seminole), 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1951, in Wewoka (Oklahoma).
Sculptor, installation artist.
C. Maxx Stevens was born in Oklahoma but raised in Wichita, Kansas. Her training began in the 1970s when she gained an Associate of Arts degree from Haskell Indian Junior College in ...
Native American (Spokane), 21st century, female.
Born 25 April 1952, in Spokane (Washington).
Artist, activist, educator, lecturer.
Charlene Teters is perhaps best known for her long-standing campaign (since 1989) to educate the wider populace against the use of racial stereotypes of American Indians in both sports and the media (including her work for the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media). Her formal education includes an MFA from the University of Illinois (...