Native Arts & Culture Foundation Names 2018 Mentor Artist Fellows

(Top Row) Lily Hope, Aurolyn Renee Stwyer, Bryan Akipa (Center Row) Will Wilson, Lisa Telford (Bottom Row) Kathleen Carlo Kendall, Patrick William Kruse, Jason Garcia

Published April 18, 2018

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON – The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has named eight artists who have been awarded a 2018 Mentor Artist Fellowship, who are listed below:

Contemporary Visual Arts

Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa) – New Mexico. Jason Garcia’s contrast depictions of postmodern and traditional Native imagery perfectly portray the dichotomy of living in two worlds.

Kathleen Carlo Kendall (Koyukon Athabascan) – Alaska. Kathleen Carlo Kendall is one of Alaska’s most prominent sculptors, imbuing significant and fascinating cultural metaphors in each piece.

Will Wilson (citizen of the Navajo Nation) – New Mexico. Will Wilson’s vivid photography counterpoints the ‘archival impulse’ embedded within the historical imageries of Native peoples, and he depicts the hazardous impact to environmental change in his photo-series entitled, “Auto-Immune Response.”

Traditional Arts

Aurolyn Renee Stwyer (Celilo-Warm Springs/Wasco) – Oregon. Aurolyn Renee Stwyer is a Celilo Native who is revered for her magnificent beadwork, particularly her practice of beading traditional horse regalia that is significant in her culture.

Bryan Akipa (Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe) – South Dakota. Bryan Akipa, a meritorious Native American flute player, traditionally carves his flutes as has been done since time immemorial.

Lily Hope (Tlingit) – Alaska. Lily Hope is a weaver who brings in-depth ancient Indigenous knowledge and practice into her Chilkat weaving and teaches the tradition to perpetuate it for generations to come.

Lisa Telford (Haida) – Washington. Lisa Telford is an accomplished and innovative artist who is committed to sharing her traditional and contemporary practices of cedar-bark weaving.

Patrick William Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa Indians, descendent of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) – Minnesota. Patrick William Kruse continues to be one of few artists who create birch bark art. He pays homage to his ancestors by maintaining use of ancient patterns for his designs.

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