Sherwin Bitsui is a poet of exceptional depth whose visceral work is richly steeped in surrealistic imagery – the high desert, sage and piñon, black-eyed doves, the bricks and gasoline of the city – these sensuously dark psychic descriptions all inhabit his haunting verses.
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.
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.