Native American Art Show Closes with Symposium


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Pieces from "Before Our Eyes," Albion College's American Indian art exhibit

Guest experts and Albion College student scholars gather to educate the campus on Albion's current Native American art exhibit. The symposium, open to the public, takes place in Bobbitt Visual Arts Center Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., concluding with a Native American dance at 3 p.m.

The event features keynote speakers Lea McChesney from the University of Toledo, speaking on Pueblo pottery, and Kelly Church, an Ojibwa/Chippewa basket maker, talking about black ash basket traditions and the threats posed by modern environmental problems. In the afternoon, students present papers on research done with the College’s Native American art collection, and with other Native-American related topics.

The students’ research covers “every region of the country and time periods from the 10th century to the present,” said art history professor Bille Wickre. “There will be a lot here that the community will be interested to see and learn.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or a more detailed schedule, contact the Albion College Art and Art History department, or 517/629-0246.