CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming State Museum will showcase “Grounded,” a Native American art exhibit organized by ArtSpirit, the arts initiative of the Episcopal Church in Wyoming, and Caravan, a global arts nonprofit.
“Grounded” is a multi-year global touring exhibition that features work from 15 emerging contemporary artists from eight Indigenous tribes based in and around the Great Plains.
The theme is inspired by people’s need to be “grounded” in their relationship with all of creation, including earth and its wildlife, one another and themselves, according to the “Grounded” website.
Those who cannot attend in person can view the gallery online.
“Grounded” will be on display from March 30 to May 20. A free opening ceremony and reception will take place at 6 p.m. tonight at the museum.
Attendees can meet some of the artists, hear presentations and witness a drum and cedar ceremony.
Artists involved in the project include:
- Ben Pease – Apsáalooke-Crow
- Brent Learned – Arapaho/Cheyenne
- Carlin Bear Don’t Walk – Apsáalooke-Crow/Northern Cheyenne
- Donald F. Montileaux – Oglala Sioux
- Henry Payer – Ho-Chunk
- Hillary Kempenich – Anishinaabe
- Jackie Larson Bread – Blackfeet
- Jackie Sevier – Northern Arapaho
- Jim Yellowhawk – Itazipco/Cheyenne River Sioux
- Joanne Brings Thunder – Eastern Shoshone
- John Pepion – Blackfeet
- Louis Still Smoking – Blackfeet
- Robert Martinez – Northern Arapaho
- Talissa Abeyta – Eastern Shoshone
- Wade Patton – Oglala Lakota
“Grounded” was previously on display at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander and the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper.
After May 20, the exhibit will be shown at cultural art centers in Jackson, Worland and Rock Springs.