May 4 – June 23
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. Artist Talk at 6
Indanishinaabekwew – I am an Anishinaabe Woman is a continuing journey of self-discovery, family history and the empowering of Native Nations. These paintings, created by Ojibwe painter Hillary Kempenich, honor women and children as they rise up to the challenges imposed on society and make the steps necessary to overcome historical trauma.
Hillary Kempenich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, currently resides in Grand Forks, ND. She is an established studio artist and advocate for the arts, education, social justice, and Native issues. Kempenich has been part of the 2011 IPPY Outstanding Books of the Year, Storytelling Time: Native North American Art, with a growing list of group and solo shows as well as receiving recognition throughout the Midwest. The year of 2015 proved to be successful for her career, marked by awards from the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Native Arts Gathering and the First Peoples Fund. She also received the First Peoples Fund 2016 Artist in Business Grant and Fellowship Award. Her work continues to be featured in galleries throughout the Midwest. Learn more about her at her website.