SHONTO features the work of Navajo Neo-Impressionist artist Shonto Begay. Autobiographical in nature, his paintings visually narrate his connection to the Navajo landscape, personal histories, and cosmology. Shonto’s voice resonates throughout the exhibition, poetically complimenting individual artworks with in-depth storytelling and reflections on life, furthering the viewer’s understanding of art as an activity that creates objects of healing, beauty, and peace in a troubled world.
A well-known figure in his community, Shonto advocates for environmental awareness and indigenous perspectives through participation in local poetry readings, engagement in youth mural projects, and storytelling.
This exhibition is curated by Zachary Miller, M.F.A. (Chickasaw) with the support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation.