2011 NATIONAL ARTIST FELLOWS

Producer/Director Christen Marquez (Native Hawaiian), 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Film.

Christen Marquez

Christen Marquez is a young filmmaker working to dispel the “Exotic Other” myths that surround indigenous peoples. “Through the fusion of cultures in my work, I intend to carry the message of non-indigenous and indigenous communities alike, that we refuse to be fossilized,” said Marquez.

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Choreographer and dancer Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Dance.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a dancer, choreographer and performance artist who combines dance, storytelling vignettes, props and theater sets.

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John Feodorov (Navajo) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

John Feodorov

John Feodorov is a conceptual artist whose work addresses contemporary issues of consumerism, the environment and identity.

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Lisa Telford (Haida) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Lisa Telford

Lisa Telford is a weaver who creates contemporary garments, shoes and other objects using Northwest Coast style weaving techniques. Her work serves as a commentary on Native identity, stereotypes and fashion.

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Artist Marie Watt (Seneca) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Marie Watt

Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist whose work inspired by Native design, oral tradition and Western art history, centers on community engagement.

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Ricardo Mendoza (Salinan) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Ricardo Mendoza

Ricardo Mendoza is a seasoned muralist who follows in the tradition of the great Mexican muralists of the 20th century and the Chicano mural movements of California.

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Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Sonya Kelliher-Combs is growing into one of the premiere Native Alaskan artists working today. Her work is rooted in painting but is interwoven and influenced by traditional skin sewing and sculptural elements using animal hides in the development of her installations.

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Will Wilson (Navajo) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

William Wilson

William Wilson’s work focuses primarily on the Navajo people and their relation to the land. His large scale photographs illustrate Native Americans vexed relationship to an environment torn apart by industrial intrusion.

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