Art Adventure Gallery

july2015

native american art under pressure: the history of printmaking and native american culture

The "Apolonia" Susana Santos Journeys In Creativity Program

Opening Reception Thursday July 2, 5:30-7pm

reception photos 7/2/15

The "Journeys" Program was co-founded by Pat Courtney-Gold (Warm Springs) and the late "Apolonia" Susana Santos (Warm Springs) and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2004. The program is intended to help Native American teens research and study their ancestral art forms, while encouraging them to recreate or emulate that art style in either a contemporary or traditional medium. The camp helps students to further their artistic abilities/techniques, offers first hand college experience, and helps them to establish the work ethic needed to complete projects.

Over a two week period in Summer 2014, the program's 11th year, twelve native American teens from Oregon, Washington and Alaska were introduced to printmaking and its roots in contemporary Native American art history and culture.

The medium, teachers and theme may change from year to year. What does not change is the mentoring of these youth by native artists and curators of local museums, galleries and tribes. The group took classes together, visited museums and developed tools to tap into their create process during fourteen intense 12-hour days.

Please visit this exhibition and enjoy both the prints and the penned thoughts of these talented young artists. Opening reception is Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 5:30-7pm.