Speaking Truth in 20th- and 21st-Century Indigenous Arts: Legacy, Defiance, and Agency

Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 quarters

Taught by

3D studio art
Native American studies, history, women's studies
  • UG

Across the millennia, Indigenous Peoples have always had means of expressing their lives through art. Non-Natives, however, as recently as the 20th century, have viewed Indigenous artwork through a framework of colonizing artistic standards. These standards often ignored, misrepresented, misinterpreted, and sometimes denigrated the artworks of Native Peoples. This is a two-quarter introductory program emphasizing studio practice in 3D sculpture, visual literacy, Indigenous frameworks honoring continuity of cultural traditions, and Native agency against a backdrop of ongoing colonization.

It is designed to be an engaging learning experience for all who wish to be involved in artistic practice, while critically examining some of the colonizing aspects of U.S./Native history, anthropology, and the tourist industry. Students will explore Woodcarving, Design, Art Appreciation, Art Theory with a Decolonizing lens through weekly studio or research workshops, lectures, films, readings by Indigenous writers, project reviews, group critique, student-led seminars, guest speakers, and a field trip to a Mainstream and a Tribal Museum. Students will demonstrate learning through reflective writing, weekly seminar response papers, a final synthesis paper, and submit a final portfolio of their studio work. Students must be prepared to dedicate at least 40 hours per week on program activities including studio work. Program themes will focus on contemporary Indigenous issues including aesthetic, intellectual, and political sovereignty. During the spring quarter students will curate an end-of-program gallery exhibition.

Program Details

Fields of Study

art history cultural studies visual arts

Preparatory For

Native American studies, art history, museums, education, and visual and studio arts.

Quarters

Winter Open Spring Closed

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Day

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Special Expenses

Students can expect up to $150 for wood carving materials per quarter. Costs may vary depending on the scale of individual student projects.

Fees

$80 per quarter for museum entrance fees and a drawing kit.

Revisions

DateRevision
2017-05-05Description and fees updated.