- By ALINA BYKOVA
Tinworks Art named the recipients of its 2021 Tinworks Artists Grant on Saturday, with two Indigenous grant winners among them.
Each of the five artists awarded will get $10,000, a studio visit from the curatorial team, and a place in a public lecture series in fall 2021, Tinworks Art said. Each artist is also required to participate in one outreach activity for K-12 or an underserved community of their choice.
“The grants are issued in support of contemporary art and craft in Montana and are aimed at nurturing the arts professions in the region,” the nonprofit said in the statement.
“Tinworks Art actively seeks to break down barriers that have historically excluded certain artists, art, and audiences from the important conversations that art provokes. This year, the grant focused on supporting Indigenous artists, emerging artists, and those working with endangered forms of knowledge. These grants were developed with the specific goal of removing hurdles to the profession.”
The winners were chosen from 115 applications, which made the process “highly competitive,” the organization said.
Winning artists were chosen for their demonstrated accomplishment and potential for future work, and the organization sought ideas and artists that were attuned to the cultural moment, had a clear aesthetic point of view, and made ambitious proposals.
Raven Halfmoon (Caddo Nation) and Paul Rowley (Tlingit and Haida tribes of Alaska) are the two Indigenous grant winners.
Halfmoon is based in Helena, Mont. where she is an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. Her work has been featured in exhibitions domestically and internationally and was recently profiled in Vogue. Halfmoon is represented by the Fritz + Kouri Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. For her project with Tinworks Art, she has proposed a monumental sculptural piece, anchored in Caddo ceramic traditions, as a response to recent removals and discussion around public monuments.
Rowley was born in Seattle, Wash., and is currently based in Somers, Mont. He is a descendant of the Blackfeet and Cree of Montana. Rowley received his MFA from Pacific University in creative writing. In his art, he weaves contemporary and traditional objects using cedar bark to make wearable creations that reflect the traditions of the Pacific Northwest’s tribal history. Using his Tinworks Art funding, Rowley will make a space to create new work and teach cedar harvesting and weaving in northwest Montana.
The other grant recipients are Anne Appleby, who is based in Jefferson City, Mont.; Tracy Linder, based in Molt, Mont.; and Alayna Rasile from Bozeman, Mont.
Native News is free to read.
We hope you enjoyed the story you've just read. For the past dozen years, we’ve covered the most important news stories that are usually overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM), to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (MMIP) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools.
Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps. Most readers donate between $10 and $25 to help us cover the costs of salaries, travel and maintaining our digital platforms. If you’re in a position to do so, we ask you to consider making a recurring donation of $12 per month to join the Founder's Circle. All donations help us remain a force for change in Indian Country and tell the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.
Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.