This is the fourth in a biennial series of exhibitions and supporting catalogues begun in 1999 to bring the work of Native American fine artists to greater public attention.
Following the pattern established at its inception, the 2005 Eiteljorg Fellowship honors one distinguished artist and five fellows. This year, the distinguished artist is sculptor John Hoover (Aleut). The fellows are painter Harry Fonseca (Maidu), painter James Lavadour (Walla Walla), sculptor and installation artist C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole/Muskogee), mixed media artist Tanis Maria S'eiltin (Tlingit), and painter, sculptor, and printmaker MarieWatt (Seneca).
The Eiteljorg Fellowship was established to help create better public understanding of Native people and their participation in a modern world of art. The goal of the Fellowship is not necessarily to make Native fine art a part of the mainstream of the larger world of fine art, but to be part of the struggle for self-expression and to participate in the continually evolving worldwide definition of what art is.
James H. Nottage is vice president and chief curator of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Other contributors include Janet Catherine Berlo, Julie Decker, Jennifer Complo McNutt, Veronica Passalacqua, Aleta Ringlero (Pima), W. Jackson Rushing, Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Anishinabe), and Amei Wallach.
Foreword / John VanausdallIntroduction / James H. NottageGet Out of the Middle of the Road! / Jennifer Complo McNuttStorm Signals: The Eiteljorg Fellowship and Native American Art / Amei WallachJohn Hoover: Carving Out a Life / Julie DeckerHarry Fonseca: In Your Face, In His Element / Aleta Ringlero (Pima)What the Ground Says: The Art of James Lavadour / W. Jackson RushingStories from the Heart: The Art of C. Maxx Stevens / Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Anishinabe)Tanis Maria S'Eiltin: Coming Full Circle / Veronica PassalacquaBack to the Blanket: Marie Watt and the Visual Language of Intercultural Encounter / Janet Catherine BerloContributorsExhibitions Checklist