Photo by Kerri Cottle
Avis Charley, a contemporary ledger artist of the Ihanktonwana Dakota Oyate band of the Oceti Sakowin and Diné (Navajo) Nation, took home the Grand Prize and First Place titles for her painting “Woman of Nation.”

A Spooktacular ‘Superhero Antihero’ Exhibition at IAIA

Kerri Cottle
10/31/16

Even Indigenous Elvis came out for Superhero Antihero at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery at the Institute of American Indian Arts on October 20.

Depending on the point of view, what may be a hero to some, may be an antihero to others. IAIA students, staff, and faculty artwork from the Superhero Antihero exhibition will be on display through November 2, 2016.

This year’s Grand Prize and First Place winner was IAIA student Avis Charley, a contemporary ledger artist of the Ihanktonwana Dakota Oyate band of the Oceti Sakowin and Diné (Navajo) Nation. Her painting named “Woman of Nation” done in acrylics is a portrait of her cousin at Standing Rock. It was seen as a pointed example of the theme.

Nancy Deleary, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, and adjunct faculty member at IAIA won second place at the show with her painting of “Indigenous Elvis.” Indigenous Elvis himself showed up to pose with the winning painting.   

IAIA’s Annual Spookathon followed the opening of Superhero Antihero. This campus activity had students and faculty members painting Halloween theme panels in the Student Union. There was live music and food sales to support campus activities.

Check out other upcoming events at IAIA online.

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