July 11 – September 22
Opening Reception: July 11, 5 – 7 p.m.

“Stretching Influence” – Alison Price
“Contaminated Water #10: Reflections” – Jean Judd
“Willow Fish Trap” – Nate Johnson
“Interconnected” – Moira Villiard

Nibikaang – From the Water is a group show centered around our connection to water. The exhibit runs July 11 – September 22, with an opening reception July 11 from 5 -7 p.m.

Water is important to all of us and we are proud that both Native and non-Native organizations of this region have taken a lead in matters concerning our waters. This show features artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes or Red River of the North and highlights their relationship to water: interactions, observations, history, concerns and more.

Rivers and watersheds are a metaphor as to how we are all connected. Come see the diverse perspectives and shared experiences that have been formed in this region, where water is so fundamental to our way of life.

Meet our Jurors

Aaron Spangler

Aaron Spangler is an internationally-recognized sculptor and printmaker who was born in Minneapolis, MN and currently lives and works in Park Rapids, MN. He received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is represented by Horton Gallery in New York City. Spangler has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. His work can be found in various collections, including The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hammer Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center.

“In New York it made sense to make work on political, moral themes. When I started spending more time back here, I didn’t have that need anymore. The ruralness in my work now is more about the actual wilderness and my place in it.” … “I think that the true forest is constantly dying and rebirthing and has this ferocity to it. It’s a beautiful thing.” | From Art In America Magazine INTERVIEWS Jun 6, 2017 Out of the Woods: In Conversation with Aaron Spangler.

Hillary Kempenich

Anishinaabe Studio Artist Hillary Kempenich utilizes her work, cultural upbringing and knowledge to educate, inspire conversation, and create bridges. Raised on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation, now resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Kempenich is an artist, freedom worker and culture bearer who advocates for better arts, educational, healthcare and cultural standards.

Artwork by Hillary Kempenich
Artwork by Hillary Kempenich

Hillary Kempenich is fluent in many mediums with a collaborative style influenced by her independent spirit as a creative woman and her deep connection to her heritage of Anishinaabe, Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota ancestral roots. Kempenich comes from a family of strong artist abilities, of which are significant influences within her work. While holding on to the ties to the Turtle Mountains, Kempenich works on developing her trades with her own personal style.