Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
presents with the Tomaquag Museum
2018 State Native American Art Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery
April 7 - June 9, 2018
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) proudly features the 2018 State Native American Art Exhibit with the Tomaquag Museum. A Gallery Night reception will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 6:00-8:30pm. The evening will feature artwork from a variety of artists and live musical performances allowing you to immerse yourself in Native American art and culture. The State-run gallery is located at One Capitol Hill, the State’s main administration building on Smith Street in Providence, RI.
This exhibition features work that represents traditional and contemporary approaches to Native American art in a variety of mediums including beautifully crafted cradleboards, rattle, mantel, necklaces, bags, head guard, moccasins and baskets. Ornate turkey feathers, deer hides, antlers, claws, wooden beads, turtle and sea shells are applied or interwoven to create exquisitely authentic and interpretive art. Detailed portraits, war shield and scenic paintings complete the collection.
Angel Beth Smith, Charles B. Smith Jr., Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, Dawn Spears, Deborah Spears Moorehead, Heebe-Tee-Tse Lee, Jannette Vanderhoop, Julia Marden, Morgan Smiles A Lot Jamieson, Nycole Matthews, Robert Peters, Robin S. Spears Jr., Silvermoon Mars LaRose and William Ohley.
The evening will begin with a special blessing from Dawn Dove, Narragansett Elder at 6:00pm, followed by Thawn Harris, Narragansett playing the flute, a poetry reading by Robert Peters, Wampanoag and a closing drum performance by Quanah LaRose, Northern Ute, part of nationally known award winning “The Boyz."
Loren Spears is the curator for the Native American State Art Exhibit. She is an educator, essayist, artist and two-term Tribal Council woman of the Narragansett Tribe, member of the State Council on the Arts and Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI. The Tomaquag Museum is dedicated to sharing and preserving Indigenous arts, culture, and history.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
About Atrium Gallery:
The Atrium Gallery was developed by RISCA to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and art organizations from across the state. The contemporary gallery frequently showcases artwork from a variety of diverse groups including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Native American community among others.
For additional information contact: Elena Calderon- Patino, Community Arts Program Director, Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov, 401.222.6996