Remaking Blue Dawn

America Meredith, Adoduhisodiyi Sakonige Ugitsisgv (Remaking Blue Dawn), 2011, acrylic on cradled clayboard, 40 x 30 inches.

America Meredith is an artist who speaks her mind. As a painter, independent curator, and publishing editor of the First American Art Magazine, Meredith uses visual art and writing to address important issues in the Native community.

Her work celebrates Cherokee language and culture, examines changing customs, and challenges Native American stereotypes. This exhibition draws particular attention to the importance of language in Meredith’s work, bringing together paintings that incorporate Cherokee syllabary, reference Cherokee oral histories, and pair found-object text with visual imagery. Painters, portrait artists, Cherokee language students, members of the Eastern Band, and those inspired by the natural world will especially appreciate the works on view.

America Meredith is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2013, she published the first issue of the First American Art Magazine, a quarterly journal devoted to promoting dialogue about Native art. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman; Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; and the National Collection of Contemporary Indian Arts, Santa Fe.

The reception for Outspoken will take place on Feb. 21, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee. This event will include a gallery talk by America Meredith at 5:45 p.m. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. For information, call 828-227-ARTS or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

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