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Tomorrow's Stories: Contemporary Native American Arts & Artists


Featuring works by Jason Quigno, Kelly Church, Jessica Metcalfe, Summer Peters, Jason Wesaw
September 14 - November 10
M-F, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Opening Reception | September 14, 5:30 - 7:30PM
Free Admission


Tomorrow’s Stories features 2 & 3-dimensional works by five contemporary Native American artists.  Jason Wesaw is a mixed media artist known for his contemporary ceramic & fiber pieces. Summer Peters is an accomplished bead artist, rendering both wearable and decorative pieces. Jason Quigno is a noted stone sculptor with major public sculptures in Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan.  Kelly Church is a nationally award-winning basket weaver.  Jessica Metcalfe is the author of the Beyond Buckskin website and the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique which promotes and sells Native-made couture, streetwear, jewelry, and accessories.   This exhibition is the first time these artists have been displayed together.

We see native concepts everywhere in our popular culture: local and organic food, fashion, art, design, alternative medicine, holistic health, “going green”, and even gentrification - breaking cities up into walkable, sustainable villages.

Traditional Native American art was originally created for utilitarian purposes with beauty and expression as a secondary function. In fact, there is no word for “art” in the Pottawatomi language. While some of the contemporary Native American art in this exhibition is utilitarian (clothing, accessories, vessels) other pieces are strictly decorative. Yet all the works interpret the modern indigenous experience and acknowledge the place that Native culture has created within our own American popular culture.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Allegan County Community Foundation, Brooks Family Fund, Herman Miller Cares, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Perrigo Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan