Contemporary Indigeneity

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The University of Nebraska is a land-grant institution with campuses and programs on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Otoe-Missouria, Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Kaw, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples, as well as those of the relocated Ho-Chunk, Sac and Fox, and Iowa Peoples.

September 6–December 21, 2024

For the fifth iteration of Contemporary Indigeneity, the Great Plains Art Museum sought Native American artists addressing any issues and themes relevant to the contemporary Indigenous experience on the Great Plains. A panel of Native American art professionals reviewed the submitted work and made selections based on the artwork’s aesthetic merit and contribution to the field of contemporary art.

The museum and its parent organization, the Center for Great Plains Studies, are committed to increasing the representation of and providing a platform for Native artists in their collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Contemporary Indigeneity plays a key role in that initiative.

The Center for Great Plains Studies loosely defines the Great Plains as a region that stretches westward from the Missouri River at Omaha and Kansas City to the Rocky Mountains and northward from the Texas Panhandle into the Canadian Prairie Provinces.

Selected Artists

Angela Babby
Marwin Begaye
Rachel Berg
Awanigiizhik Bruce
Mona Cliff
Gordon Coons
Dennis Fox
Dustina Gill
Kimberly Hager

Hotvlkuce Harjo
Jessica Moore Harjo
Sun Rose Iron Shell
Kelsey Jacobson
Valentina LaPier
Steve C. LaRance
Chris Pappan
Henry Payer

Daniel Pewewardy
Meredith Radke-Gannon
Savannah Berlyn Ricehill
Nathaniel Ruleaux 
Nelda Schrupp
Tony A. Tiger
Crystal Wabnum
Benjamin West
Paula Whatley

2024 Jurors

Mary V. Bordeaux (Sicangu Oglala Lakota), Co-director, Racing Magpie, Rapid City, SD

Chelsea M. Herr, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Curator for Indigenous Art & Culture, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

Tarah Hogue (Métis), Curator (Indigenous Art), Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Previous Contemporary Indigeneity Exhibitions

2016 2022

Sponsored by:

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This project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. Learn more at