Curator’s Circle: Norman Akers & Tom Farris (Register)
October 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Hosted on Zoom.
Chief Curator, Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), will lead this virtual discussion with exhibition artists on their art practice and respective work in Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art and Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue | The Daniel E. Prall Collection.
Norman Akers is a citizen of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Kansas. Previous teaching experiences include the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Akers had solo exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas, the Jan Cicero Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and the Gardner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Monarchs: Brown and Native American Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; Art for a New Understanding Native Voices 1950s to Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. Akers’ paintings are part of numerous collections, including the Gilcrease Museum, OK, Rockwell Museum, NY, Heard Museum, AZ, Eiteljorg Museum, IN, and the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Tom Farris (Cherokee/Otoe-Missouria) draws from his culture and the life-long influence of American Indian art to create his works. Farris has received awards from nationally acclaimed art markets, including the Cherokee Art Market, the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market, the Red Earth Festival, and the SWAIA Indian Market, where he received the 2015 Creativity Award and the 2019 Innovation Award. His work has exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and New York City, and the Wheelwright Museum. His work is in numerous private and museum collections, including the Heard Museum, AZ, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, OK, the Eiteljorg Museum, IN, the University of South Carolina Lancaster – American Indian Museum, the Sam Noble Natural History Museum, OK, and the Wheelwright Museum.