Category: Past Public Engagements

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Weaving History into Art: Key Themes

Image: "Song of Sorrow" (detail) by Shan Goshorn. Generously loaned to the exhibition by the Goshorn/Pendergraft family.
Image: “Song of Sorrow” (detail) by Shan Goshorn. Generously loaned to the exhibition by the Goshorn/Pendergraft family

Thursday, Sept 24th, 2020, at 12 PM – 1 PM
Online with Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/events/658737375027876/

Hosted by Gilcrease MuseumThe University of Tulsa and Holly Wilson Artist

Join Curator of History Mark Dolph, Jack and Maxine Zarrow Curator for Indigenous Art and Culture Chelsea Herr, and contemporary multi-media artist Holly Wilson (Delaware/Cherokee) for a virtual discussion on the upcoming exhibition, WEAVING HISTORY INTO ART: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SHAN GOSHORN opening October 9.

This conversation will focus on key themes at play in the exhibition, including the complex histories of Native American boarding schools and their ongoing legacies today.

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“I’m Still Here”, detail  by Holly Wilson

ABOUT HOLLY WILSON

Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures which serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. The stories are at one time both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilsons work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in a variety of media including bronzes, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, and clay.
She has been exhibiting her intimate bronzes, photography, and encaustic relief paintings nationally and internationally since the early 1990s. Additionally, her works are in corporate, public, and museum collections throughout the United States, as well as national and international private collections such as; The Heritage in Oklahoma City, The Central Library in downtown Tulsa Oklahoma, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the C.N. Gorman Museum, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Holly Wilson of Delaware Nation and Cherokee heritage is now based in Mustang, Oklahoma. In in 2001 she graduated with an MFA in sculpture and in 1994 she earned an MA in ceramics both from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; she received her Teaching Certification in K-12 Art from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1993; and in 1992 she finished her BFA in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute.
ABOUT WEAVING HISTORY INTO ART
WEAVING HISTORY INTO ART: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SHAN GOSHORN features the art of Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018) and her legacy of influence carried forward through the works of four contemporary Native American women artists.
Shan Goshorn was internationally recognized for weaving archival documents and photographs into baskets using traditional Cherokee techniques to create historical, political and cultural commentary on Native American issues that continue to resonate in the 21st century.
Central to the exhibition is the premier of Squaw, the last work Goshorn completed prior to her passing. Squaw was inspired by the Venus de Milo, an iconic symbol of female beauty. Juxtaposing this model with the title Squaw creates a tension and contrast to the Western ideal of beauty against a pejorative used to reduce Native women to disposable sexual commodities. Squaw will serve as a catalyst for much needed conversations on why indigenous women suffer disproportionately higher rates of violence than non-Native women and the judicial system’s reluctance to prosecute these crimes.
Goshorn’s artistic legacy is also represented and complimented by the art of four Native American women whose works reflects Shan’s influence and vision: Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapahoe/Seminole) is well-regarded for her traditional and contemporary baskets, jewelry and paintings; Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee Creek), is nationally recognized for her unique contemporary ceramic sculptures, mixed-media installations, traditional Osage ribbon work, and as an arts educator; Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee), a textile artist, potter and maker of traditional Cherokee clothing, beadwork, and baskets; Holly Wilson (Delaware/Cherokee), a contemporary multi-media artist whose works include bronzes, encaustics, photography, glass and clay.
Through Goshorn’s hand-woven basketry, Weaving History into Art will encourage engaging, empathetic interactions with difficult subjects, including the loss of Native homelands, cultural genocide, violence directed at Native women and inappropriate cultural appropriation in a non-threatening experience that promotes informed dialogue among Native and non-Native audiences alike.

Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn

Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn
October 9, 2020 – March 28, 2021

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK 74127

There’s something about having a message in the vessel shape that makes people really curious … really engages them. They literally lean forward and look in and want to know more about it. It’s the perfect springboard for honest dialogue. I’ve never seen anything like it.

-Shan Goshorn

Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn features the art of Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018) and her legacy of influence carried forward through the works of four contemporary Native American women artists.

Shan Goshorn was internationally recognized for weaving archival documents and photographs into baskets using traditional Cherokee techniques to create historical, political, and cultural commentary on Native American issues that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

Central to the exhibition is the premier of Squaw, the last work Goshorn completed prior to her passing. Squaw was inspired by the Venus de Milo, an iconic symbol of female beauty. Juxtaposing this model with the title Squaw creates a tension and contrast to the Western ideal of beauty against a pejorative used to reduce Native women to disposable sexual commodities. Squaw will serve as a catalyst for much-needed conversations on why indigenous women suffer disproportionately higher rates of violence than non-Native women and the judicial system’s reluctance to prosecute these crimes.

Goshorn’s artistic legacy is also represented and complemented by the art of four Native American women whose works reflect Shan’s influence and vision: Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapahoe/Seminole) is well-regarded for her traditional and contemporary baskets, jewelry and paintings; Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee Creek), is nationally recognized for her unique contemporary ceramic sculptures, mixed-media installations, traditional Osage ribbon work, and as an arts educator; Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee), a textile artist, potter and maker of traditional Cherokee clothing, beadwork, and baskets; Holly Wilson (Delaware/Cherokee), a contemporary multi-media artist whose works include bronzes, encaustics, photography, glass, and clay.

Through Goshorn’s hand-woven basketry, Weaving History into Art will encourage engaging, empathetic interactions with difficult subjects, including the loss of Native homelands, cultural genocide, violence directed at Native women, and inappropriate cultural appropriation in a non-threatening experience that promotes informed dialogue among Native and non-Native audiences alike.

Bloodline-Holly Wilson
Bloodline-Holly Wilson
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VIRTUAL 99TH SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET, SWAIA

August 1 – 31, 2020
Please follow this link to my: VIRTUAL SWAIA 2020 BOOTH HERE ONLINE.

We have been looking forward to The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market that transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 900 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. The Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world.

This year SWAIA is thrilled to announce that even though the Santa Fe Indian Market was canceled due to COVID 19, SWAIA is moving ahead with a Virtual Indian Market!

On Turtle’s Back

Canceled due to COVID 19
March 24, 2020 – April 17, 2020
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 24, 4:30 pm
Artist talk begins at 5pm

The Lightwell Gallery
OU School of Visual Arts
University of Oklahoma
520 Parrington Oval, Rm. 202
Norman, OK 73019
http://art.ou.edu
located on the second floor of the OU School of Visual Arts in the Fred Jones Jr. Art Center (FJC)

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Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.

Current location: February 22 through TBD, 2020, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis

past locations:
August  22,  2019  –  January  5,  2020, Nasher  Museum  of  Art  at  Duke  University,  North  Carolina

October 6, 2018, through January 7, 2019 Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

January  25  –  July  19,  2019,  IAIA  Museum  of  Contemporary  Native  Arts,  New  Mexico (my piece will not be up at this location)

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The Intersection of Encaustic, Resin, 3D and Mold Making – June 24-28, 2019

The Intersection of Encaustic, Resin, 3D and Mold Making
Holly Wilson
June 24-28

It is the intersection of material, form and ideas that you will explore. Encaustic is the wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. Learn to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane. Come to this workshop with your own variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, clay, plaster, fiber, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto for way too many years. Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will be instructed in encaustic safety and start by making your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Learn fusing, transparency, glazing, layering, building up texture, line techniques, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces that can be achieved in resin. Create your own silicon molds and learn how to cast wax and quick setting liquid plastic. Returning students may work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120, includes Encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, Rebound 25 Brushable, Smooth-Cast 300 Fast-setting bright white low viscosity liquid plastic, Artresin, use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, two metal tools. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/adultarts/sculpture/#1544826797178-46a5c76e-6715

A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson

Small Things Matter, Wearable Art – July 1 – 5

Small Things Matter, Wearable Art

Holly Wilson
July 1 – 5

Believe in the small things, create wearable art that makes the everyday matter and flicker with sterling silver and bronze. The work you create can be all unique pieces carved, built up or cast directly from nature. You will learn the process of “lost wax” casting – both gravity and centrifugal methods. This workshop will include an introduction to the materials, methods, and safety measures of casting, as well as how to produce and finish small sterling silver or bronze work. We will also be exploring the silicone mold-making process.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Attendance: You must attend all required instructional sessions to understand and follow safety guidelines.
Lab Fee: $130, includes wax, investment, sprue wax, shared use of patinas and sealing wax, silicon mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shaft foredom, grinders or files, wax carving tools and small alcohol lamp, safety goggles and dust masks. You will be asked to bring additional materials. Precious metals will be available for purchase in class.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/adultarts/sculpture/#1544826798353-04fbee6f-cd75

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