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2010 American Indian Art Show Seeking Native Artists

Posted on Sep 30, 2009
American Indian Artists Sought For April 2010 Exhibit in Kruk Gallery.
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In the April 2009 exhibit, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College students view Jonathan Thunders The Psycho-Lounge-Bot and the Treachery painting which is surrounded by high school artwork.  Jonathan Thunder is the 2010 Featured Artist.

© 2009 Ivy Vainio

In the April 2009 exhibit, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College students view Jonathan Thunder's "The Psycho-Lounge-Bot and the Treachery" painting which is surrounded by high school artwork. Jonathan Thunder is the 2010 Featured Artist.

The American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit was created in 1995 as an event to highlight the artistic talents of American Indian youth in an exhibit that also showcased professional - prominent American Indian artists in one exhibit. This annual exhibit has proven to be a successful recruitment tool for this university in connecting American Indian high school students (and their families) to this university. This is an essential diverse program, on our campus and in our community, that encourages respect and a cultural understanding of the American Indian community.

In the 2009 Exhibit, we had 17 Professional American Indian artists and 43 American Indian high school student artists that exhibited in the show. The high school student who places first in the high school competition wins a $1,000.00 scholarship to attend UW-Superior. Brad Barney, (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) and currently a Senior at Al-Brook High School (Sawyer, MN), took the first place honor in the last exhibit with his woodcut. To clarify, ONLY the high school student work is juried for placement in a competition. The professional artists entries are juried to be accepted into the show and then the accepted works are placed in the show with no further jurying done.


· February 11 - Entry Submission Postmark Deadline

· February 16 - Notification of Accepted Works

· March 22, 23, 24 & 25 - Delivery of Accepted Works

· April 7 - Exhibit Opens In the Kruk Gallery

· April 28 - Art Workshop with 2010 Featured Artist Jonathan Thunder / Art Market / Closing Artists Reception / Exhibit Closes / Entries Returned

2010 Featured Artist Information:
Jonathan Thunder, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation, is a Painter and Digital Media artist who currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has been featured in this exhibit for the past 3 years. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa, Fe and graduated from the Arts Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His works have been featured in many state, regional and national exhibitions and in publications.

Send Entries to:
Ivy Vainio at or mailing address: UW-Superior, Main 230 - PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880 by the deadline date of January 11, 2010 (entry postmark deadline).

Please contact Ivy Vainio at 715-394-8415 or by email: Also inquire about how Native high school students can submit their works!

Registration Forms/Information:

Download the high school student application form

Download professional artist information form

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center of First Nations Studies, Visual Arts Department, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation Office.

News Contact: Yvonne Vainio | 715-394-8415 | yvainio{atuws}
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