The Voices of Native American Art

Telling Our Story

July 23 - October 8, 2017

Native American artists have strong voices. Each artist uses their individual voice in unique ways, from contemporary extensions of traditional art forms to the inventive use of modern materials. But, in all cases, whatever medium is used to carry the voice (paint, clay, beads, stone, horn or metal) there is a strong cultural connection to the history, present and future, of our vibrant Native communities. 

The Voices of Native American Art–Telling Our Story features original, fine and contemporary Native American art. This unique exhibition will present a broad variety of artwork from living Native artists who are members and descendants of different Native American Nations, many with deep connections to the Lake Winnebago watershed. 

Water and the waterways have connected Native American people since the beginning and they continue to connect us today. One can follow the Fox River from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay and Lake Michigan. From there, the rest of the world is available. 

Humans, trade and ideas have navigated these waterways for thousands of years. This watershed continues to transport our dreams and carry our culture; taking us proudly into the future while connecting us to our past and to each other. 

Each artist in The Voices of Native American Art–Telling Our Story has a strong message to share. Look deeply at each art piece, listen for the whispers of the past and the joyous celebration of the future. Hear the Native stories from their point of view. They have much to share. 

The Voices of Native American Art–Telling Our Story will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum from July 23–October 8, 2017. Karen Ann Hoffman, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and member of the Wisconsin Arts Board, is providing her curatorial expertise in the selection of artwork that offers the best representation of Native culture and heritage. Karen Ann was selected as a Wisconsin Master Folk Artist by the Wisconsin Arts Board in Winter 2007, and is a member of the conference planning committee for the International Iroquois Beadwork Convention. 

This exhibit is the perfect complement to mark the highly anticipated grand opening of People of the Waters. Native American life and artifacts have long intrigued us. Visitors constantly ask about Native American artifacts they’ve seen at the Museum. People of the Waters will open this fall, highlighting hundreds of Native artifacts to tell the stories of people who lived in this area through the years. 

We sometimes forget that the Native American population is vibrant today. The Voices of Native American Art–Telling Our Story will highlight that Native American artists still have many stories to tell.

Member Premier

Tuesday, August 8
5:00 - 7:30 pm

This exclusive members-only exhibit premier features the musical genius of award-winning artist Bobby Bullet and Pamela Nesbit from 5:00–6:00, followed by a Gallery Walk with artist Mike Hoffman, Cultural Advisor and Consultant to the Menominee Clans Story at University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point. Meet with other Native artists and hear their stories from their point of view.

Contact Karla Szekeres at 920.236.5763 or email kszekeres@ci.oshkosh.wi.us to register for this event. Not a member? Join now for an invitation to attend this exclusive member event.