Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is pleased to announce upcoming paired exhibitions by Native printmaker Emily Arthur: “Re-membering” and “Contemporary Indigenous Printmaking.”
"Re-membering” is a solo exhibition of prints, artist’s books, and bronze multiples by Emily Arthur, whose art is informed by her concern for the environment, displacement, exile, and the return home from dislocation and separation. Arthur sees nature as an interdependent living force, rather than as the backdrop for human events. Land is living matter that holds a story, and her objective as an artist is bearing witness to the changing relationship between people, plants, animals, and our shared sacred space. As environmental crisis moves into the foreground of our lives, she visualizes a meeting point where all can survive: not only to save native species, but also to save the native parts of our selves.
For "Contemporary Indigenous Printmaking,” Arthur has curated a group show of works by Native American artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Corwin (Corky) Clairmont, Melanie Yazzie, C. Maxx Stevens, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, Truman Lowe, and Fritz Scholder, gathered from Arthur's own collection and from the collections of John Hitchcock and the estate of Truman Lowe. The majority of these artworks were acquired by invitation to a print portfolio exchange, in which multiple original prints are traded among a select group of artists responding to a singular topic from multiple perspectives. Often used for the purpose of teaching, a print exchange generates a community of reciprocal learning, mentorship, and collaboration.
These exhibitions will be on display at our James Watrous Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin, from February 11-April 3. The Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of Overture Center for the Arts at 201 State Street and is open Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.. A closing reception featuring a reading by local poet Heather Swan will be held April 1 from 6-8 p.m. Please note that proof of COVID vaccination or negative test is currently required to enter Overture.
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