Fw: Pool Report 2 - RECEPTION REMARKS Home of the VP - Reception with Dr.Jill Biden honoring Native American Alaskan Native Artists

From: Vincent Schilling [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 08:15 PM
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Subject: Pool Report 2 - RECEPTION REMARKS Home of the VP - Reception with Dr.Jill Biden honoring Native American Alaskan Native Artists

Pool Report 2 - RECEPTION REMARKS Home of the VP - Reception with Dr.Jill Biden honoring Native American Alaskan Native Artists

Starting at 7:00 pm Dr. Jill Biden stepped up to address about 100 guests in the foyer of their Vice Presidential home.

Dr. Biden said, “Tonight we are honored to have on display the artwork of five American Indian and Alaskan Native artists.”

She then thanked the artists, Tony Abeyta, Crystal Worl, Jeff Kahm, Courtney Leonard and Dan Namingha, for allowing the Vice President and Dr. Biden to display the artwork in their home.

The Vice President exclaimed “Raise your hands!” to the artists, to which the room erupted in laughter and applause.

Dr. Biden said, “Your artwork represents rich and vibrant cultures that have thrived on this continent for a millennium, every color, shape and stroke on the canvas brings to life a connection with your roots and your ancestors.

Dr. Biden then spoke fondly of her travels to Alaska and to the Navajo Nation and spoke how the vibrancy of the land inspired native generations.

When Dr. Biden spoke about her opportunity to deliver the commencement address at the Navajo Technical College in 2013 for the benefit of Native people, the room again erupted in applause.

Dr. Biden said, “There is an old adage that says art outlives politics.” Again the room erupted with laughter.

Dr. Biden then commended the positive partnership between the  between the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

We are able to share work such as yours...abroad. By embracing the full, rich tapestry of America, and the distinctability of arts rich culture, we are widening the cultural gap and reaching all of our diplomats, said Dr. Biden.

Dr. Biden thanked the reception attendees and then introduced the AIE’s Director Ellen Susman.

Susman began speaking at 7:05 pm and thanked the Vice President and Dr. Biden for “allowing us into your beautiful warm and beautiful home.” She also recognized Senators Udall and Heinrich as well as other influential members in the audience including the Navajo President Russell Begaye.

Susman also alluded to the collaboration of efforts as mentioned by Dr.Biden. She also individually recognized the artists to which the crowd graciously applauded.

She spoke of the history of the AIE (see previous pool report 1 below) and her travels which assisted the collaborative efforts.

She then introduced the director of the IAIA Robert Martin.

Robert Martin thanked Susman then stated how the collaboration of efforts would fulfill the IAIA's mission of to foster and empower creativity and leadership in Native cultures.

Martin also mentioned how this collaboration would break geographical boundaries.

"This is a wonderful wonderful mission," said Martin. He then thanked Susman for her work and then thanked Dr. Biden for her work for community and tribal colleges - the crowd responded with gracious applause in agreement.

Martin applauded the artists and then presented a blanket as a gift to Dr. Biden.

Martin then introduced Vice President Biden.

At 7:11 VP Biden addressed the crowd and first joked that now that Dr. Biden had a warm blanket, "She won't need me anymore," to which the crowd laughed and applauded.

The VP welcomed the crowd and applauded the artists. He spoke how he traveled the world as VP and in over a million miles of travel hears more about Indian arts and culture than anything else.

"The one thing I think Jill enjoys most about this job is the opportunity - every six or eight weeks - to change the art. It has been a joy."

"Barack and I have tried very hard to strengthen the nations through tribal sovereignty." said VP Biden.

The VP also mentioned his efforts to bring awareness to the importance of climate change to Indian Nations, the importance of the Affordable Care Act and the Violence Against Women Act.

"I hope we are doing something to make up for a century of not so good stewardship," he said.

The Vice President then said thanks for the "very richness of Native American culture."

"Thanks for enriching our lives," he said.

Vincent Schilling
A&E, Sports and Pow Wows Editor
Indian Country Today Media Network – ICTMN.com
The Premier News Platform Serving the Nations, Celebrating the People

Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx Email: xxx@email.com
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From: Vincent Schilling
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6:26 PM
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Subject: Pool Report 1 - Home of the VP - Reception with Dr.Jill Biden honoring Native American Alaskan Native Artists

Pool Report 1 - Home of the VP - Reception with Dr.Jill Biden honoring Native American Alaskan Native Artists

On Tuesday October 27th, 2015 Dr. Biden will be honoring 5 Native American and Alaskan Native artists at a reception in her home.

The details and background of the event, biographies of the artists and the organizations involved are as follows:

On background from the Office of Dr. Jill Biden:

Tonight’s reception at the Vice President’s Residence is in honor of five distinguished American Indian and Alaska Native artists.  Through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) these artists were commissioned for a limited edition series of prints. The 50 prints – ten from each artist – will be exhibited at U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world and will broaden international understanding of the contemporary Native American experience, while fostering greater appreciation for the richness and natural beauty of contemporary Native American art. The geographically and culturally diverse group of IAIA alumni includes artists from 5 different tribes:

Tony Abeyta (Navajo):

Tony Abeyta is a contemporary Navajo artist working in mixed media painting. He is a graduate of New York University with an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He currently works in both Santa Fe and Berkeley, California. Tony was the 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award, and was recognized as a Native Treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. His work is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Massachusetts), the Heard Museum(Phoenix, Arizona), New Mexico Fine Arts Museum (Albuquerque), the Autry Museum (Los Angeles, California), and the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis, Indiana), as well as in many other public and private collections. Tony Abeyta’s primary focus has been on painting the emotional experience one finds in the New Mexico landscape. “There exists a rhythm in the land where I was born. I spend a lot of time deciphering the light, the cascades of mesas into canyons, the marriage between earth and sky and the light as it constantly changes at whim, the intensity of rock formations, and the sage and chamisa that accent this poetic experience, unlike anywhere else I have seen. I am beckoned to remember it and then to paint it.”

Crystal Worl (Tlingit Athabascan):

Crystal Worl is a Tlingit Athabascan artist who makes art because she wants to remind those who have left home that they come from a special place. Her family and community have guided her to learn, work, and live for her community. Her practice in storytelling and art comes from the values and lessons of the Tlingit people and her family. Crystal works in jewelry, metals, printmaking, kiln-cast glass, and painting. The forms on which she focuses are based on traditional Tlingit form and line, also known as Northwest Coast design. She practices the recreation and modernization of her Clan’s crest, the Lukaahadi (Sockeye, Raven Clan). Crystal utilizes her education to apply new techniques and ways of presenting traditional designs and stories. Her most recent work explores Tlingit design, intertwined with stylized Athabascan beadwork patters. Crystal Worl was introduced at a young age to traditional arts, practices, and storytelling. In May 2013 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, from which she also obtained her Associate in Fine Arts degree in moving images.

Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree):

Jeff Kahm is an associate professor at IAIA where he teaches studio art courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. As an artist, Jeff creates work in his Santa Fe studio. His solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe (2012), and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013), highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas, which he describes as “rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics.” His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows, nationally and internationally. Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was raised on the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. After completing high school, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico) to pursue painting and photography. Soon thereafter he was awarded a painting scholarship from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas), which allowed him to pursue undergraduate studies and to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1994. Jeff also studied at the University of Alberta, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997. In 2002 Jeff returned to New Mexico, a land that he has grown to love and that he now calls home. He became a permanent resident in 2003, and soon began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) as a visiting faculty member.

Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock Nation):

A member of the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York, Courtney Michele Leonard’s artwork explores the evolution of language, image, and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio, and tangible objects.  Her current work embodies the multiple definitions of Breach, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale, and material sustainability. Courtney’s solo exhibition entitled BREACH: LOG 15 was recently held at the University of the Ozarks (Clarksville, Arkansas) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe), with research in collaboration with indigenous artists from Aotearoa and Nova Scotia. Courtney has given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Toi Ngaphui Northland College (New Zealand), the Museum of Art and Design (New York City), Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe), Eastern Connecticut University (Willimantic), Tribeca Film Institute (New York City), National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), University of the Creative Arts Farnham (England), and the University of Rostock (Germany). She currently lives in Santa Fe, and works as a professional artist, lecturer, and visiting assistant professor in studio arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She studied art and museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico; Associate of Fine Arts degree), Alfred University (New York; Bachelor of Fine Arts degree), and the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island; Master of Fine Arts degree).

Dan Namingha (Tewa-Hopi):

Dan Namingha is from the Tewa-Hopi tribe, and he works in a broad variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, and collage. His artistic journey has led him to combine his personal ideas and memories with the symbolism of his Hopi-Tewa culture, to translate the powerful geography of the Southwest through formal concepts of modern art and composition. His work often draws on the sacred traditions of his culture, which are so deeply embedded in ceremony. Dan’s work commands unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry. Dan’s formal study took him to the University of Kansas (Lawrence), the American Academy of Art (Chicago, Illinois), and the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico), from which he received an Honorary Doctorate degree in 2009.  Dan Namingha has exhibited in dozens of one-man shows and many more group exhibitions, and his work hangs in more than thirty major institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), the Sundance Institute, the Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona), the British Royal Collection (London, England), and other museums worldwide. He has received awards from the Harvard Foundation and the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Massachusetts), as well as the Visionary Award from the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation. His work has toured Europe as part of an exhibition sponsored by the United States Information Agency and is found in several U.S. embassies. Dan Namingha is the subject of several film documentaries, and his work in held in numerous collections worldwide.

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE):

Established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission, creating temporary and permanent exhibitions, artist programming, and publications.  As a premier example of public-private partnership, today AIE maintains a presence in more than 200 venues in 190 countries – more than any other U.S. foundation or arts organization.  Carefully selecting and commissioning contemporary artworks from both the U.S. and host countries, each year AIE curates more than 60 unique exhibitions for U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world.  These exhibitions provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of both countries’ art and culture.

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA):

For over 50 years, IAIA, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the Center for Lifelong Education, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.

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Vincent Schilling
A&E, Sports and Pow Wows Editor
Indian Country Today Media Network – ICTMN.com
The Premier News Platform Serving the Nations, Celebrating the People

Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx Email: xxx@email.com
Twitter: @VinceSchilling and @ICTMN_Arts
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