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SAR Announces 2021-2022 Native Artist Fellows

Apr 6, 2021

The School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce the 2021–2022 cycle of Native artist fellows. Each year SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers three residential fellowships to support the work of mature and emerging Native artists. The program gives artists time to explore new avenues of creativity and invites them to grapple with ideas that advance their work and strengthen their existing talents. While in residence, artists can access the IARC’s collection of 12,000 works of Native art for research and study. This year’s artists include a traditional kapa maker, a micaceous potter, and beadwork and quillwork artist:  


2021 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow 

Kanaka Maoli artist, Lehuauakea (they/them), is a traditional kapa (bark cloth) maker. Their practice also involves the creation of ‘ohe kāpala (carved patterned bamboo stamps), hybrid textiles, and installations. Lehuauakea has stated that through their work, they “aim to address complex subjects of mixed identity and cultural erasure, Indigenous resilience, and ecological relationships through a contemporary Hawaiian lens.” While at SAR, Lehuauakea will create a body of work on kapa (wauke bark) cloth, done using natural earth pigments and plant dyes.

Mele O Nā Kaukani Wai (Song of a Thousand Waters), hand-made plant dyes, earth pigments, and printed ‘ohe kāpala (bamboo stamps) on hand-stitched mulberry papers. Dimensions variable; approx. 13 x 8 feet installed, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lehuauakea will be in residence from June 15, 2021, to August 15, 2021. 


Brandon Adriano Ortiz

2021 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow 

Taos Pueblo member, Brandon Adriano Ortiz (he/his)is micaceous potter as well as a formally trained architect. In describing his work, Ortiz explained, “To remain true to the humble nature of micaceous clay, my vessels have remained relatively simple in form allowing the material to speak for itself…The simple appearance of the clay cannot be simply interpreted as clay made hard by fire, its mere existence is based upon thousands of years of thriving innovation and deep relation to this place.” While at SAR, Ortiz will experiment with micaceous clay in a variety of ways and create a series of vessels to better understand the “uncontrollable forces which imprint carbon concentrated clouds on the walls of a pot during its firing.”

Apricot seed jar, micaceous clay. 8″ x 8″ x 4″, 2020. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ortiz will be in residence from September 1, 2021, to November 30, 2021.  


Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty

2022 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow 

Assiniboine and Sioux artist, Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (she/her), is a second-generation traditional Northern plains artist who has spent much of her life learning from her mother, award-winning artist, Joyce Growing Thunder. Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty creates traditional Northern plains clothing and accessories adorned with beadwork and porcupine quill embroidery. She also creates soft sculpture dolls that emulate historical Oceti Sakowin attire. Growing Thunder Fogarty’s words: “Being a beadworker and quillworker is who I am; I spend every day creating work that honors our traditions and culture in hopes that my work will help preserve future generations’ connection to their culture.” During her time at SAR, she will create two Assiniboine (Nakoda) women’s dresses. They will both be made in traditional styles but represent techniques that are rarely practiced today. She plans to pass the knowledge developed through this project on to her daughters, granddaughter, and other young Assiniboine artists.

Horse Mask, Native-tanned leather, porcupine quills, glass beads, turkey feathers, wool cloth, brass buttons, brass rings, silk ribbon, 21 5/8″ × 29″. 2008. Photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (267046.000).

Growing Thunder Fogarty will be in residence from March 8, 2022, to May 31, 2022.

Since 1984, the IARC’s Native artist fellowship programs have supported artists in diverse creative disciplines. Recent fellows have included Brent Michael Davids (composer), Maile Andrade (multimedia artist), Mateo Romero (painter), Will Wilson (photographer), Erica Lord (performance artist), Carol Emarthle Douglas (basketmaker), Kathleen Wall (sculptor), and Loren Aragon (fashion designer).

Learn more about the IARC Native American Artist Fellowships 

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