Opening Reception & Artist Talk: WITHIN: Louis Still Smoking & John Isaiah Pepion
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art presents WITHIN: Louis Still Smoking & John Isaiah Pepion. WITHIN is drawn from the artists’ belief that the strength and success of Native American identity and culture is internally inherited and created inside of their communities. As artists, they aim to help reclaim, reinform, and redefine what it means to be Blackfeet in Montana today. By looking within, they themselves and their fellow Native American communities become whole again. The artists will collaborate to create a temporary mural inside the museum with integrated individual works. An Artist Talk & Reception will be held Thursday, October 26th.
WITHIN offers the possibility of opening a dynamic conversation with the public through invited speakers and a publication regarding the history and current state of Native art, education, and life in Montana. Expert lectures by Sean Chandler, EdD., and Jennifer Woodcock-Medicine Horse, PhD. will also be held this fall (dates below).
WITHIN: Louis Still Smoking & John Isaiah Pepion is curated by Nicole Maria Evans, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. Exhibitions at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art are supported in part by the Montana Arts Council a state agency funded by the State of Montana, and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by museum members and the citizens of Cascade County, Davidson Family Foundation, D.A. Davidson, Horizon Credit Union, an anonymous donor, and Kelly’s Signs & Design.
Special funding for this exhibition generously provided by:
Melissa Smith and David Saslav
The Gibson Hotel Great Falls, Ascend Hotel Collection
Cathie Williamson and Mark Tronson