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Artwork Loan and Grant: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

March 2, 2020
February 21 – May 17, 2020
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Carla Hemlock, Ramona Sakiestewa
Ramona Sakiestewa, Nebula 23, 2009, wool and dye. © Ramona Sakiestewa, photo by Kate Weinstein.

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation is excited to have two artworks from our collection featured in Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Foundation is additionally proud to support the exhibition’s accompanying publication with a grant.

Hearts of Our People is the first major exhibit of artwork by Native women, honoring the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. On loan from the Foundation are artworks by Carla Hemlock and Ramona Sakiestewa. Hearts of Our People is now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

From the Smithsonian: “Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized, instead treated as anonymous representations of entire cultures. ‘Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists’ explores the artistic achievements of Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world.”

This exhibition is organized by Jill Ahlberg Yohe, associate curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Teri Greeves, an independent curator and member of the Kiowa Nation. An advisory panel of Native women artists and Native and non-Native scholars provided insights from a range of nations.

For more information about this exhibit, visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s website.

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Ramona Sakiestewa, Nebula 23, 2009, wool and dye. © Ramona Sakiestewa, photo by Kate Weinstein.