All My Relations Arts
The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) and All My Relations Arts Gallery announced the opening solo exhibition titled “Inherent Right” by Peter Williams (Yup’ik). The exhibition opens to the public on April 30 and Williams will be giving a virtual artist talk on May 13.
Peter Williams states “My process perpetuates Alaska Native protocol of developing a personal relationship with ‘the materials of place’: I source by hunting and fishing; I alter by tanning; I construct by the time consuming yet cathartic labor of hand sewing, each stitch a prayer. The start-to-finish intimacy of my work underlines the ethos of Indigenous practice: Our environment and its inhabitants are not to be treated as disposable resources, but as critical relationships. The deeply holistic nature of my culture not only informs my art but is the reason I create it.”
Peter Williams (Yup’ik) is a culture bearer, artist, designer, filmmaker, and educator based in Sitka, Alaska. His hand-sewn works repurpose skin from self-harvested traditional foods, bridging worlds of Indigenous art, fashion, and subsistence.
Williams completed artist residencies at Santa Fe Art Institute and Institute of American Indian Arts, and has guest lectured and/or taught skin sewing at Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, Portland Art Museum, and Alaska State Museum, among others. His art has been shown at museums and galleries across North America.
His presentations at New York Fashion Week and Fashion Week Brooklyn in 2015 and 2016 led to profiles in The Guardian and The New York Times. He co-produced the documentary Harvest: Quyurciq, which received a Native Peoples Action project grant and screened internationally. In 2018-2020 Williams became a Cultural Capital Fellow, a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow, and received an Individual Artist Award Project Grant from Rasmuson Foundation. He was nominated for the 2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
All My Relations Arts (AMRA) operates the All My Relations Gallery, Minnesota’s premier American Indian-owned and operated contemporary fine arts gallery. Located on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, the gallery resides within the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor. All My Relations Arts presents four fine art exhibits throughout the year, as well as hosting tours, presentations, and programs.
The focus of All My Relations Arts is to provide the people of the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond consistently high-quality exposure to Native American fine arts. As a project of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), All My Relations Arts serves a very distinct role in Native American Community Development Institute’s community development work, providing the public with education about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary experiences through the arts.
Learn more about All My Relations Arts at allmyrelationsarts.com
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) Our work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. Native American Community Development Institute initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations. Our future is bright due to the resilience and vision of our ancestors. Founded in 2007, Native American Community Development Institute is approaching its second decade with a renewed commitment to the Indigenous values that helped our people persevere despite centuries of hardship.
Learn more about Native American Community Development Institute at nacdi.org.