POSTPONED – Curator’s Circle:Norman Akers & Tom Farris
April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
Please join us for a series of informal artist salons called the Curator’s Circle held during the noon hour at the Wheelwright Museum Library. Exhibition artists will discuss their practice and respective work in Wheelwright Museum exhibitions, Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art and Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue | The Dan Eugene Prall Collection which are currently on display. A docent tour of exhibitions will follow at 1:30pm for those interested. This event is open and free to the public.
Norman Akers (Osage Nation)
Norman Akers is citizen of the Osage Nation from 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, 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, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, Art for a New Understanding Native Voices 1950s to Now Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. Akers’ paintings are included in 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, DC.
Tom Farris (Cherokee/Otoe-Missouria)
Tom Farris (Cherokee/Otoe-Missouria) draws from his culture and his 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 Indian Art Market, Red Earth and SWAIA’s Indian Market, where he received the 2015 Creativity Award and the 2019 Innovation Award. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in DC and NY, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, NM. His works are in numerous private and museum collections including, Heard Museum, AZ, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, OK, the Eiteljorg Museum, IN, The University of South Carolina at Lancaster American Indian Museum, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, NM and the Sam Noble Natural History Museum, OK.