Creative Practice in Indigenous Communities is a conversation with artists, Patrick Dean Hubbell, Corrine Hunt and Skeena Reece. Moderated by one of our spring artists in residence Maria Hupfield.

Patrick Dean Hubbell is Dine’ (Navajo). He is originally from Navajo, New Mexico, located near the Northeast region of the Arizona/New Mexico border of the Navajo Nation. After he received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing at the Arizona State University, Patrick Dean Hubbell moved back to his family tribal land where he resides and works near Window Rock, Arizona which is the capital of Navajo Nation. Working primarily in acrylic and often in oils, the artist finds inspiration in everything surrounding landscape and various themes rooted in the correlation in his Native American traditions and contemporary lifestyle.

Corrine Hunt, also known as Nugwam Gelatleg’lees, is an Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist, carver, jeweller and designer based in British Columbia, Canada. A member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island, Corrine’s rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art. Uncle Norman Brotchie was also an early teacher and mentor. Corrine too has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia. Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations.

Skeena Reece
is a Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist based on the West Coast of British Columbia. She has gained national profile in recent years as one of the talents in “Beat Nation,” a touring exhibition on hip-hop and Aboriginal communities. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance art, spoken word, humor, “sacred clowning,” writing, music, video and visual art. She studied Media Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and in 2010 she performed at the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia.

Based in Brooklyn, Maria Hupfield (b.1975) is a citizen of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. In January 2019 she completed a tour of her first major institutional solo monograph and exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving, a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Her work has shown in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design, BRIC, Minus Space, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, represented Canada at SITE Santa Fe (2016), and travelled with Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012-14); with recent performance projects in 2018 at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Gibney Dance, and Grace Exhibition Space. Together with artist Jason Lujan, she co-owns Native Art Department International in New York. She is the recipient of the 2018 Hnatyshyn Foundation award for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist and is currently working on a solo exhibition at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, for December 2019.

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