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Sam English

"Wisdom from the Past, Courage for the Future: Decolonization, Art, and Indigenizing Representations of American Indian Peoples"
Past Seminars : American Seminar

Sun., Apr. 18, 2004, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
Sam English, artist
April 18, 2004
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Sam English was born June 2, 1942, the son of Sam English, a member of the Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake, Minnesota, and Blanche Delorma English, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, North Dakota. Neo-Native Expressionism is a term used by some collectors to describe the work of Sam English. Sam believes his role is to paint the contemporary Native American in a spiritual sense. Hank Gobin, a Northwest Indian artist, introduced Sam to gouache paint, guided him, and had a lasting impression on his art career. Sam has been honored with numerous awards from art shows around the country, and has received approximately fifty commissions from various tribal, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations to create images for various programs and book covers, poster, and note cards, as well as in private art collections around the world. His art career reached a new high point in 1997 when he was commissioned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to create a mural for the 1997 presidential inauguration. In addition to his boundless artistic talent, Sam English is involved with social issues on reservations and in rural Indian communities. In 1999, he received a Special Recognition Award from the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the promotion of human rights.
Sam English will be the plenary speaker at "Creating Communities: American Studies, Indigeneous Studies, and First Nations People."
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