The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has run a program called The MNHS Native American Artist-in-Residence Program since 2014. The result? Five artists have created artwork that will be on display at the Minnesota History Center in a new exhibit is called “Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence.”
The purpose of the Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) program is to expose Native American artists working within traditional art forms, passed down from generation to generation, to MNHS collections. Bead work and quill work are common, but also utilitarian forms such as the making of canoes and bows. The idea behind exposing these artists to the MNHS collections is to advance the understanding of these traditions, and bring this advanced understanding to communities through the artists’ works.
The five artists that will have their artwork on display, along with artifacts that inspired their works, are Jessica Gokey, Pat Krusse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman, and Holly Young. The exhibit runs September 23, 2017 through April 22, 2018.
The exhibit will be presented in three different languages: Ojibwe, Dakota, and English. The exhibit is free of charge with a regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/veterans/active military/college students, $6 for children ages 5 to 17, and for children 4 and younger and MNHS Members.
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul.
And here are the hours, just to make life easier for you:
Monday: Closed (Unless a holiday, then open 10am to 5pm)
Tuesday: 10am to 8pm(admission is free from 3pm to 8pm)
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm