Location: Eiteljorg  American Indian Museum 500 W. Washington Street Indianapolis, IN


Dates:        November 14, 2015 - February 28, 2016
Location:   Eiteljorg  American Indian Museum
                   500 W. Washington Street
                   Indianapolis, IN


Since its creation, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has awarded 50 artists a total of more than one million dollars in direct support, produced nine exhibitions with accompanying scholarly catalogues, added by purchase more than 200 works of art to the permanent collection and promoted contemporary Native art and artists to a broad audience.

The 2015 Fellowship, Conversations, marks the ninth round of the program and the continuing tradition of Native expression. This year's fellows are Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga'a), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), and invited artist Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui) (detailed description of fellows below).

You're invited to celebrate the opening of Conversations: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. The museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering that celebrates their artistic accomplishments. Guests will also enjoy a thrilling performance by Indigenous. Following this, the museum will be enlivened with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring DJ Kyle Long, Indigenous, and Supaman.

2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artists:


Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui), 
Invited Artist, Mario Martinez is a Brooklyn, NY-based painter who received his BFA from Arizona State University, Tempe and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the recipient of prestigious awards such as a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and being named a Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL Artist. Martinez has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is found in collections such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tucson Museum of Art, and The Heard Museum.


Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee)
Luzene Hill is a conceptual artist specializing in installation, sculpture, and drawing. She received her BFA and MFA from Western Carolina University. She has exhibited throughout the southeast United States and was a part of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 3, produced by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. Hill lives in Decauter, GA. 



Brenda Mallory (Cherokee)
Brenda Mallory is a sculptor who lives in Portland, OR. She received her BA in Linguistics & English from the University of California, Los Angeles and her BFA in General Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Mallory has exhibited extensively throughout the northwest United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as the Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Grant and a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, OR. 



Da‐ka‐xeen Mehner (Tlingit)
Da-ka-xeen MehnerDa-ka-xeen Mehner is a multi-media artist who uses mediums such as sculpture, installation, photography, and film. He received his AA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM; BFA in Studio Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; and MFA in Native Arts from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Mehner is a 2014 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellow in Visual Arts.  He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Native Arts and Alaska Native Art History at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.



Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee)

Holly WilsonHolly Wilson is a sculptor based in Mustang, OK. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) and her MA in Ceramics and MFA in Sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Wilson has shown throughout the United States and extensively in Oklahoma and Texas. From 2009-2014, she was a member of the Urban Indian 5. 

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