Museum to host Voices of Native American Art

Exhibition features original, fine and contemporary Native American art

The Oshkosh Public Museum is pleased to bring a unique exhibition to Oshkosh this summer. Voices of Native American Art – Telling Our Story presents 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.

Karen Ann Hoffman, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is providing her curatorial expertise in the selection of artwork that offers the best representation of Native culture and heritage. “Native American artists have strong voices,” says Hoffman. “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 these vibrant Native communities.”

Hoffman is a member of the Wisconsin Arts Board and was selected as a Wisconsin Master Folk Artist in the winter of 2007. She is also a member of the conference planning committee for the International Iroquois Beadwork Convention. Hoffman will present an Iroquois Strawberry Beadwork Workshop at the Museum on Saturday, August 26. Cost is $20, or $15 for Museum Members. Tickets can be purchased online at oshkoshmuseum.org.

Voices of Native American Art – Telling Our Story, on view at the Oshkosh Public Museum from July 23 to October 8, is the perfect complement to mark the highly anticipated grand opening of the Museum’s new long-term main floor exhibition, People of the Waters. This state-of-the-art exhibit highlights hundreds of Native artifacts to tell the stories of people who lived in this area through the years. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is September 5 at 10:00 a.m. In addition, the Museum is offering a special weekly program series from September 9 to October 21, sponsored by Nevitt Law Office. Details can be found on their website at oshkoshmuseum.org.

The Oshkosh Public Museum is located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum:
The Oshkosh Public Museum is a non-profit regional history museum, an amazing resource for research and discovery of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region, entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 collections and historical documents representing the history, culture and heritage of the region. The Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is operated for the public good in part through City of Oshkosh tax levy funding, but a significant portion of annual funding must be raised through donations and fees, including admissions and membership support. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum brings history to life through quality exhibitions, special programs and publications, and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery.

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