The Museum of Art | Fort Collins is exhibiting Intricate Form: Brenda Mallory & Sydney Pursel: 2018 Ucross Native American Fellows as well as Melanie Yazzie: Mind Mapping from January 18 – March 17, 2019. Initiated in 2017, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists supports the work of contemporary Native American visual artists at all stages of their professional careers. The fellowship is open to disciplines that include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines. Fellowships are awarded annually, one each in spring and fall. The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend, and inclusion in an exhibition at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery. Major support for the fellowship has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as by the Ucross Foundation board of trustees. Sydney Pursel and Brenda Mallory are the first two Native artists to have received the fellowship and both were in residence at Ucross in 2018.
At the same time, in our Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery, MOA will present the work of acclaimed Native American artist Melanie Yazzie (Navajo) with the exhibition Mind Mapping. She will also spend time at Ucross this spring through its regular residency schedule. Melanie Yazzie is Professor of Art Practices and Head of Printmaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her works belong to many collections such as: the Denver Art Museum, the Art Museum of Missoula, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. She has been represented by the Glenn Green Galleries in Santa Fe, NM since 1994.
Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video, and new media arts. Through her art, she explores personal identity, drawing from her Indigenous and Irish Catholic roots. Some of Pursel’s projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation, and history. Other projects among her own community focus on language acquisition, culture and art. She is an enrolled member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Pursel lives in Columbia, Missouri. She received her MFA in Expanded Media at the University of Kansas and her BFA in Painting from the University of Missouri.
Brenda Mallory’s work ranges from individual wall-hangings and sculptures to large-scale installations. She works with mixed media, creating multiple forms that are joined with crude hardware or mechanical devices in ways that imply tenuous connections and aberrations. She is interested in ideas of interference and disruption of long-established systems in nature and human cultures. Mallory grew up in Oklahoma, is a member of the Cherokee Nation and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She received a BA in Linguistics & English from UCLA and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Ucross President Sharon Dynak states, “It is an immense honor for Ucross to create this exciting Fellowship initiative and to recognize Native artists Brenda Mallory & Sydney Pursel. We look forward to building a long-term commitment to the work of contemporary Native American artists.”
Executive Director, Museum of Art | Fort Collins, Lisa Hatchadoorian also states, “We are so proud to host these three important female Native American artists and are thrilled to partner with the Ucross Foundation to recognize their new Native American Fellowship initiative.”
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