[Bozeman, Montana] Old Main Gallery is pleased to feature the work of the Creative
Indigenous Collective for a group exhibition, Contemporary Indigenous Identity , in the
months of September & October. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday,
September 13th, 6-8 PM. This event is open to the public. An Honor song will be
performed by Shane Doyle.
The Creative Indigenous Collective is made up of seven Contemporary Indigenous artists
from the region, Ben Pease, Gina Still Smoking, Holly Young, John Isaiah Pepion, Lauren
Monroe, Louis Still Smoking and Robert Martinez.
“There are misconceptions. There are romantic ideals. There are miscommunications and
there are stereotypes of what and who indigenous people are. Like the range of artistic
styles, colors and sizes the answer to ‘What is Contemporary Indigenous Identity?’ Is not
just one thing. It is a bunch of things, a mass, an assortment, a cluster, a multitude.
Our past is shared, however each tribe is unique. Our Heritage is similar, but each is
separate. Our tribes all lived on this continent, yet each had its own homeland. Our present
is now but through each of our eyes looks slightly different. We grapple today's issues
through a lens that sees the past but points to our future.
Through the use of paper, canvas, buckskin, with colored pencils, paint and beads, with
imagery, symbols and fabric, the artists of the Creative Indigenous Collective show you our
individual vision of what it means to be Indigenous in Contemporary Society.”
- Creative Indigenous Collective
Established in 1964, Old Main Gallery offers original art by artists from Montana and beyond, in
downtown Bozeman, Montana.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsey McCann Jastram