North Dakota Museum of Art Traveling Exhibit

April 18-25, 2018 “Native Impressions”

NCAC will host North Dakota Museum of Arts traveling exhibit, “Native Impressions”

Come view it anytime, no charge, April 18-25 from 3PM-7PM.

Lesson Plan: native_impressions_activities_and_lessons.pdf


Who are contemporary American Indian people in North Dakota? What are their stories? Printmaker Daniel Heyman was invited to North Dakota from the East Coast to ask those questions. His invitation came from two University of North Dakota faculty, printmaker Kim Fink and graphic designer Lucy Ganje. Accompanied by Leigh Jeanotte, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Director of UND’s American Indian Student Services, the three artists set out for North Dakota’s Reservations. With introductions from the local tribal colleges, they began their interviews.

Their final work “Native Impressions” includes both portraits and text from a range of people living on North Dakota’s four reservations including business people, farmers, ranchers, teachers, politicians, tribal leaders, and community members. Once the subjects had been chosen, Heyman quickly drew their images and then carved them into wood to produce large-scale, reduction color woodcut portraits of Native people: one for each subject, three from each reservation, each approximately 25.5 x 19.5 inches.

While Heyman made the drawings, Lucy Ganje interviewed the sitters, collecting their oral histories, which she transcribed, edited, designed, and typeset into accompanying broadsides. Kim Fink as Publisher and Master Printer oversaw the production. Colorist Heyman’s equal prowess as a printer, and Ganje’s expertise in design and typography, propelled the three to work hand-in-hand as true collaborators.

Pekin Auditorium, Pekin, ND
April 18 – 25, 2018









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