UMass Boston Hosts Art Exhibit to Promote Native Studies Program

UMass Boston Hosts Art Exhibit to Promote Native Studies Program


From today through April 26, the Harbor Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Boston will host a Native American exhibit, From Wounded Knee to Present: American Indian Art and Sovereignty.

But this exhibit isn’t art for art’s sake. According to Josh Reid, director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) program at UMass Boston, this is the first time the university has held this type of exhibit. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the NAIS program on campus and in the community.

“One of the core values [of the program] is to connect with local and international Indigenous Peoples on issues of concern for them, the themes covered in the art show really have to do with sovereignty and identity,” Reid, who is Snohomish said. “We worked with the artists on selecting pieces to best reflect what they have seen in Indian country relative to those themes.”

He hopes the exhibit will get students talking about Indian issues and the NAIS program.

“This is the type of thing students are interested in, seeing how art can be used to express things like identity and sovereignty,” he said.

Exhibiting artists include Owen Luck, Micah McCarty and Robert Peters. According to a university press release, Luck is an American photographer known for his photography of Native American and First Nations life and history; McCarty, chairman of the Makah Nation, is a drum maker and woodcarver; and Peters is a Wampanoag artist, poet and author.

A roundtable discussion will be held today at 4 p.m. with the artists on the 11th floor of Healey Library and a reception will be held in Harbor Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

On April 26, the final day of the exhibit, a poetry night will be held in the gallery at 5 p.m.

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