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Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest

Explore the language, history and current state of First Nations prints with our team of co-curators: Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, Alana Sayers, and India Young. With a wealth of personal, cultural and art historical knowledge the co-curators have selected works from our permanent collection to discuss how these prints function as a form of communication similar to spoken or written language. The visual narrative embedded in these works can function as a means of cultural transmission, storytelling, and resistance. Through this discussion and exhibition, we hope to highlight the impact that these artists have had on their communities and the generations of First Nations artists working in the Pacific Northwest.

Our holdings of First Nations prints has been built primarily through the generosity of donors. As an institution, we are working to forge stronger relationships with the artists and communities that these works come from in order to better understand how to care for and present these works. Through the generous participation of our co-curators and their sharing of their knowledge of these works, our goal is to move forward with a deeper understanding of the prints in our collection and the artists who made them.

Co-curated by Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, Alana Sayers and India Young.