Michelson awarded Native Arts and Cultures Foundation fellowship
Alan Michelson (Senior Critic, Foundation) has received a $20,000 visual arts fellowship grant for study, reflection, experimentation, and discovery from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). Michelson is among 28 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists awarded a grant. The NACF is the first national 501(c)(3) charity committed to the revitalization, appreciation and continuity of Native arts and cultures. This year’s grant sizes ranged from $10,000 to $40,000, with a total allocation of $510,000 .
“Support for this country’s Native arts and cultures is critical to our Foundation’s mission, which is to nurture the creativity of Native artists and organizations through our grantmaking program,” says NACF President/CEO T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian). “The NACF congratulates all of our 2011 grantees for projects and work that have not only inspired us at the NACF but also raised the visibility of Native arts and cultures in the United States and globally.” To learn more about the NACF, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org
Michelson was the senior artist amongst the artists nominated for this fellowship. He says, “My understanding of place and history is shaped and conditioned by Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) concepts and perspectives. The forms that I invent are often based on Haudenosaunee cultural models like wampum belts, blended with media or materials from the dominant culture such as video or glass. My work is grounded in place and informed by history, and therefore research is an integral part of my practice.” The panel described his work as elegant, eloquent, and strategic, often referencing issues around environmental advocacy, the complexities of sovereignty, and the often vexed juxtaposition of Native and non-Native cultures. He is steeped in the discourse of contemporary Native art and has been invited to exhibit his work at notable institutions, including a solo exhibition at National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, group shows at NMAI in Washington, D.C., The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), the Heard Museum (Phoenix), and internationally in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Canada. He is a recent Eiteljorg Fellow. This year he will be working on three related new works for three upcoming exhibitions: the 2011 Eiteljorg Fellows Exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis; the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.