September 27, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Hearts and Hands: New Perspectives on Native Women’s Art

Panelists: Jill Ahlberg Yohe, associate curator of Native American art, Minneapolis Institute of Art; heather ahtone, senior curator, The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum; Teri Greeves, curator, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists; and America Meredith, artist and editor, First American Art Magazine

  • Dorothy Grant with Robert Davidson. Hummingbird Dress, 1995. Wool, 42 x 58 in. Denver Art Museum Collection: Native Arts acquisition fund, 2010.490. Photograph © Denver Art Museum. © 1989 Dorothy Grant and Robert Davidson

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of more than 115 artists from the United States and Canada, spanning over 1,000 years. Exhibition co-curators Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves (Kiowa) are joined by two members of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Native Exhibition Advisory Board, heather ahtone (Chicasaw Nation, Choctaw) and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), for this discussion of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.

Jill Ahlberg Yohe is the associate curator of Native American art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). In 2008, Ahlberg Yohe received her PhD from the University of New Mexico, and her dissertation focused on the social life of weaving in contemporary Navajo culture. Along with Kiowa artist and curator Teri Greeves, Ahlberg Yohe is the co-curator of Hearts of Our People. At Mia, Ahlberg Yohe seeks new initiatives to expand understandings of and new curatorial practices for historic and contemporary Native art.

heather ahtone (Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw) is the senior curator at the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has worked in the Native arts community since 1993 and has an established career as a curator, arts writer, and researcher. ahtone has worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (now MoCNA, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts) and the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and in several positions at the University of Oklahoma, where most recently she served as the curator of Native American art at OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art for over six years. Her current research explores the intersection between tribal cultural knowledge and contemporary arts. She earned an associate’s degree in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts, followed by a bachelor’s degree in printmaking, a master’s degree in art history, and a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary studies (art history, anthropology, and Native American studies), all at the University of Oklahoma.

Teri Greeves (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma) grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her awards and honors from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Santa Fe Indian Market include Best of Show in 1999, and she was the Heard Museum Fair’s signature artist in 2003. She was named a  Distinguished Fellow in Traditional Arts in 2016 by United States Artists, and served as a Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia in 2018. Her work has been in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the National Veterans Art Museum, and elsewhere, and is in the collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the British Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Portland Art Museum, among others. She is the co-curator of Hearts of Our People.

America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) is the publishing editor of First American Art Magazine and is an author, visual artist, and independent curator whose curatorial practice spans two decades. She earned her MFA degree from San Francisco Art Institute and has taught Native art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Community College, and the Cherokee Humanities Course. Based in Oklahoma, Meredith was the 2018 Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and serves on the boards of the Wheelwright Museum and the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council.


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