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Native artist’s work shows vibrant, contemporary look

4/17/2009
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BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota Art Museum will exhibit a retrospective exhibition by nationally recognized artist George Longfish, of the Seneca/Tuscarora tribe, April 21 through Aug. 24. The traveling exhibition was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana.
Longfish is an internationally recognized artist known for his large, vivid paintings of Native American history. His work combines colorful imagery with stenciled words to create vivid depictions of Native American culture.
Longfish earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1972 from the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied painting, sculpture and film. The following year, he directed the University of Montana’s graduate program in American Indian art. In 1974, he was hired as a professor of Native American Studies at the University of California-Davis, where he worked to expand the Native American, C.N. Gorman Museum. Longfish retired in 2003 and currently lives in southern Maine with his wife, Margo.
“This exhibition embodies the successful career of a contemporary artist and art teacher,” said John Rychtarik, curator of exhibits at the South Dakota Art Museum. “He combines figurative images, words and abstractions into very colorful, expressionist works based on the Native American in contemporary life.”
The South Dakota Art Museum is located at the junction of Medary Avenue and Harvey Dunn Street. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Please call toll free (866) 805-7590 or visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com for more information.
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