Opening Reception: January 30 -5-7pm
Exhibition featuring thirty-one indigenous artists and allies will open at the Crossman Gallery January 30, 2020. The exhibition will showcase technically diverse artworks of 30 regional, national and international indigenous artists and allies addressing a range of experiences and emotions surrounding the violence against, and loss of indigenous women and girls. Materials will range from works on paper, mixed-media installation, metal, clay, quillwork, textile and paint. STOLEN SISTERS exhibit runs from January 30-February 29, 2020.
The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) https://mmiwusa.org is gaining national attention due to the recent election of Deb Haaland and her initiatives surrounding this issue, and various other MMIW efforts. The choice to use Crossman Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a platform for this project is because Wisconsin is home to eleven registered tribal communities, and the adjacent Highway 90 acts as a main corridor for missing persons. With four out of five native women affected by violence in today’s society, it is vital that the issue of MMIW is given a voice in this region.
The exhibit is being organized with the curatorial assistance of Professor Teresa Faris, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Design and artist, and Nieves Galvan, a UW-Whitewater alumni and artist. The exhibition is scheduled to be on display from January 30 – February 29. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held in the Greenhill Center of the Arts atrium on January 30th from 5-7 pm. Red Birds drum, jingle dancer Sophia Ford and artist Alfonso Cervera will perform at the start of the opening reception.