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Generations Mix At Annual Native American Art Show

Lander Art Center

Friday, November 6, the third annual Native American Art Show opens in Lander. This year, the exhibit is breaking new ground by featuring the works of contemporary performance artists alongside traditional art.

At the opening, performance artists will showcase spoken word, hip hop, music, and poetry at the Middle Fork restaurant in downtown Lander.

At the Lander Art Center gallery, artists will collaborate on a painting.

“There’s going to be three artists who are creating a painting as the show is opening, so the public can come see artists at work,” says Lander Art Center Education Coordinator Liz Hardwick. “They’re going to be doing street art style, covering big pieces in a short amount of time with stencils and roller paint.”

Hardwick says the show spans multiple generations of Native artists. “What is really interesting about this show is it brings together these contemporary Native American artists, who are doing really interesting, edgy, political stuff, along with traditional artists, who are working with skills and traditions that have been passed down for generations.”

On November 19, the Lander Library will host a screening of several Native American films in conjunction with the art show. The show runs through December 19.

Samuel Sanders attends the University of Wyoming where he is working on a BA degree in English. He grew up in Sheridan, WY where he graduated from high school in 2014. Sam plays violin in the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and he plans on keeping playing for the rest of his life. Sam’s passions include listening to music of almost all types and reading classic literature. Some of Sam’s hobbies include gourmet cooking and trying to write poetry. He has listened to NPR and WPR for his entire life and has in part taken on his internship with WPR in order to pay tribute to this element which has helped to shape his life.
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