James Powell, Registrar
Tennile Jackson, Collections Assistant
A new exhibit at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) features the art of several Seminole artists. The exhibit is called, Long, Long River: Tradition and Expansion in Native Art, and it is co-curated by FGCU Gallery Coordinator Anica Sturdivant and Seminole artist Jessica Osceola. The exhibit explores the pull between tradition and contemporary for Native American artists.
Seminole artists featured in the exhibit include Noah Billie, Elgin Jumper, Jessica Osceola, Jimmy Osceola, LeRoy Osceola, Samuel Tommie, and Oliver Wareham. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum was pleased to loan to FGCU two artworks for this exhibit. From the permanent collection, the Museum loaned two painted cow skulls by Noah Billie.
On January 9th, several of us from the Museum had the opportunity to travel over to FGCU to attend the exhibit opening. The well-attended reception included artist introductions, performances, refreshments, and the opportunity to view this excellent exhibit. The performances included an enjoyable story by Oliver Wareham, and an emotional performance piece by Elgin Jumper. It was an enjoyable and memorable evening.
If you can, be sure to make arrangements to go to the exhibit soon, this short exhibit will run only through January 30, 2014. For more information on the exhibit, visit FGCU Main Gallery’s webpage online at http://artgallery.fgcu.edu/Welcome_to_FGCU_Art_Galleries.html or phone the Gallery at 239.590.7199.