CONGRESSIONAL EXHIBITION PROJECT.

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The Congressional Exhibition Project is an initiative created to display young and emerging Native American contemporary artists in honor of November’s Native American Heritage Month. Select Native youth artists will be exhibited in the United States Russell Senate Building Rotunda in Washington, DC opening on Monday, November 12, 2018. Select artists may be flown to Washington, DC for the art reception being held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Soul of Nations is now accepting applications from Native American artists who attend a high school or college in the United States and work with two dimensional based media (paintings, drawings, and photography). All artworks must comply with the theme of this year’s project “Native American Dream.” Please download the application to see the eligibility requirements. All applications are due on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by 11:00 PM (MT) and should be sent to info@soulofnations.org.

Artists mentors who do not meet the age requirements are welcomed to display artwork during this exhibition and should contact Ernest Hill at ernest@soulofnations.org to make arrangements.

EXHIBITION SPACE.

The Russell Senate Office Building is the oldest of the United States Senate office buildings in Washington, DC. Designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, it was built from 1903 to 1908 and opened in 1909. It was named for former Senator Richard Russell Jr. from Georgia in 1972. It occupies a site north of the Capitol bounded by Constitution Avenue, First Street, Delaware Avenue, and C Street N.E.

ARTIST INSPIRATION.

JEFFREY GIBSON

Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Thus powwow regalia, 19th century parfleche containers, and drums are seamlessly merged with elements of Modernist geometric abstraction, Minimalism, and Pattern and Decoration. Here there is an echo of Frank Stella and Josef Albers – canonized in our current dialogue which has little or no inclusion of Native American art which Gibson provides comparable weight and equivalence.

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