Eiteljorg Fellowships Showcase Native Artists

Feb 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-3: English Only?, Tribal College News

KUDOS FOR CORKY. The Eiteljorg Museum named Corwin “Corky” Clairmont as one of five artist fellows for 2003. Photo by Frank Tyro

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN, has selected Corwin “Corky” Clairmont (Salish/Kootenai) as one of five fellows for 2003. A printmaker and installation artist, Clairmont is the assistant vice president at Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT). He helped to curate many Native American exhibitions, including Treaty Times Past/ Present/ Future.

Clairmont received his Bachelor of Arts from Montana State University in 1970 and his Master of Arts from California State University at Los Angeles in 1971. In the past, he has exhibited his work across the United States and parts of Europe. The museum honored the fellows at an opening Nov. 8, that featured Native author and film producer Sherman Alexie.

Established in 1999, the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art provides the artists with $20,000 each and adds their work to its permanent collection. The other Eiteljorg fellows are Robert Houle (Saulteaux), Nadia Myre (Algonquin), Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa-Santa Clara Pueblo), and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/Seminole/Muskogee). Each cycle of the fellowship also recognizes the contributions made by one artist over the course of his/her lifetime – the distinguished artist. This year’s distinguished artist is Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee).

For more information, see www.eiteljorg.org, or call (800) 878-7978.


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