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Promega Spring Art Showcase Presents Ho-Chunk, Kiowa, Comanche, and Mestizo Art

MADISON, WI USA (February 15, 2017)

The Promega Spring Art Showcase presents ‘Native Art Evolving’ featuring three Native American artists and an artist of Mestizo heritage from Southern California.

Native art began with petroglyphs and pictographs, which still exist in Wisconsin. Native art is growing exponentially through contemporary art styles. Wisconsin artists Truman Lowe, Tom Jones, John Hitchcock and Californian artist Roberto Salas represent the present-day creators of native art.

Truman Lowe, Professor Emeritus of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has served as curator of contemporary art for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Lowe combines materials like wood, feathers, rawhide, and stones to create grand, ornate sculptures. He typically suspends the sculptures from the ceiling or wall in an organic fashion that looks like the piece grew from its roots in that very place, all while encompassing overarching themes of tranquility, story and tradition.

Tom Jones, Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also tells a native story through his photography. Jones’ large digital prints capture the faces, rituals and energy of his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin.

John Hitchcock, printmaker and University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department faculty, explores relationships of community, land, and culture. Hitchcock uses images of beads, bombs, floral patterns, buffalo and owls to speak about issues of indigenous historical trauma. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents.

Roberto Salas, an artist and educator from Southern California, was originally born and raised in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. His Mestizo heritage has directly influenced his creative process. Salas uses acrylic paint and coffee to create large scale paintings that reiterate a personal primordial obsession with natural geometric shapes inspired by indigenous cultures. Over time, Salas’ work has turned toward art in public places that integrate local history, community identity, and cultural linkages between people and time.

A symposium will be held with the artists on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The Spring Art Showcase opening reception will follow from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E Cheryl Parkway in Madison, Wisconsin and will include a musical performance by Nate Meng and the Stolen Sea.

The Spring Art Showcase runs from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through May 26, 2017. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information visit: www.promega-artshow.com.

Promega Corporation has sponsored the Art Showcase since 1996 as part of the company's commitment to creativity and innovation in the arts, culture and sciences. The Biopharmaceutical Technology Center, located on 5445 East Cheryl Parkway two miles south of Highway 12/18 (Beltline) off Fish Hatchery Road, was developed in part to provide Promega employees and community members a place to pursue these objectives.

Work of John Hitchcock

Work of Tom Jones

Work of Truman Lowe

Work of Roberto Salas

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