Kelly Church comes from a long family line of Anishnabe black ash basket makers. She is also an Art activist working to perpetuate the traditional practice before the Michigan black ash trees become extinct.
2015 National Artist Fellowship
Frank Big Bear
Frank Big Bear first gained artist recognition for his colored pencil drawings, but recently made a radical shift to collage and painting, and in the process has garnered new praise for his work.
Singer Lehua Kalima says her music is rooted in her Native Hawaiian upbringing, but her musical passion has grown into pop and folk.
Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier’s writing is keen, pensive and deliberate. She thoroughly examines the construction and deconstruction and meaning of her message in order to imbue each verse with the desired deliverance and power.
As a novelist, poet and essayist, Pulitzer nominee Linda Hogan writes with a commanding style and an introspective touch that moves readers.
Throughout his career, performance artist James Luna’s work has rejected the general public notion of “Being an Indian.” Now he is creating a new multimedia performative and installation work that examines “cultural authenticity”.
Anna Tsouhlarakis is a visual artist who wants her work to help redefine what Native American art is and can be.
David A. Boxley
David A. Boxley is a master carver whose intricate designs pay homage to his ancestors in order to ensure that the art form that was almost lost endures.
Stephen Qacung Blanchett
Stephen Blanchett’s musical mission is reflected in his work as a member of the band Pamyua, who are known for fusing traditional Yup’ik drum songs with contemporary sounds.
Clarissa Rizal nurtures her creative vision by incorporating a deeply rooted daily spiritual practice in her traditional Tlingit button blanket robes, Chilkat robes, Ravenstail robes and weavings.
Starr Kalāhikis early musical influence was gospel, jazz and bossa nova. Now inspired by the poetry and songs of Queen Lili’uokalani (Hawaii’s last queen), she recently launched a performance production entitled “The Lili’u Project.”
Theater audiences are swooning over newcomer Martha Redbone. Known for her music, Redbone is ambitiously delving into theater with great success.