MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Tuesday: 10 am-8 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed

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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

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2018 Jun 15


Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence

Sept. 23, 2017 – April 22, 2018

View original beadwork, birch bark, and textile artworks by five contemporary American Indian artists selected for our Native American Artists-in-Residence program. Works from Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman, and Holly Young will be exhibited alongside the MNHS collections objects that the artists studied during their residencies.

The residency program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. The Native American Artist-in-Residence program is made possible in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Since 2014, the program has helped revive the study of technique, knowledge and lifeways associated with traditional forms of American Indian artistry. 

For centuries, American Indian artistic and cultural practices have been passed down from one generation to the next. But this process experienced disruptions when American Indians were pressured to assimilate with other cultures and when they were removed from their traditional homelands to reservations. At the same time, many museums and cultural organizations, like MNHS, grew their collections of American Indian artwork.

Today, MNHS acknowledges its role in this disruption and is working to become a resource for American Indian communities. MNHS believes that museums can assist artists in connecting with works created by their ancestors and can provide support for learning, practicing and teaching. It is critical for museums to support the recovery of cultural art forms that are in danger of being lost altogether.

Exhibit text is presented in Ojibwe, Dakota, and English.

Funding for the Native American Artist-in-Residence exhibit is made possible in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Summer Fund. Additional support is provided by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.