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.

Exhibition Dates: April 1–August 20, 2022

Submissions are now closed

In 2022, the Great Plains Art Museum is reviving its biennial juried exhibition, Contemporary Indigeneity. For the fourth iteration of this group show, the museum seeks artists addressing any issues and themes relevant to the contemporary Native American experience on the Great Plains, with the goal of highlighting current Native artistic practice and the diverse media and content explored by these artists. A panel of Native American art curators will blindly review the submitted works and make selections based on the artwork’s aesthetic merit and contribution to the field of contemporary Native art.

The museum and its parent organization, the Center for Great Plains Studies, are committed to increasing the representation of 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.

For questions about the submission process and exhibition, contact Ashley Wilkinson, Great Plains Art Museum Director & Curator at (402) 472-0599 or ashley.wilkinson@unl.edu.

2022 Jurors

Tahnee Ahtoneharjo Growingthunder (Kiowa / Mvskoke / Seminole), Museum Director and Curator, Kiowa Tribe

Dakota Hoska (Oglála Lakȟóta, Pine Ridge Wounded Knee), Assistant Curator of Native Arts, Denver Art Museum

Joseph Williams (Waȟpéthuŋwaŋ, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), Director of Native American Programs, Plains Art Museum

About the Museum

The Great Plains Art Museum is part of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Its mission is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and literature of the Great Plains region and to foster study and enhance appreciation of the history, diversity, and creative spirit of the Great Plains of North America through changing exhibits and public programs. The collection is primarily composed of historical and contemporary art of the American West and Native American art.

Located in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

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2022 Entry Guidelines

Artist & Artwork Eligibility
  • Open to all Native American artists who work within or address themes relevant to the Great Plains.
  • There are no limitations on artwork media.
  • Two-dimensional artwork cannot exceed 70 inches on the longest side (frame included).
  • Three-dimensional artwork cannot exceed 100 pounds and must be of moderate size.
  • All submissions must be original works of art and created during or after 2020.
  • All submissions must be available for display during the entire run of the exhibition (April 1–August 20, 2022). The Great Plains Art Museum will cover all shipping costs.
Submission Guidelines
  • All applications must be submitted by October 1, 2021. All applicants will be notified of juror selections in early November 2021.
  • Each applicant may submit up to five (5) works for consideration, with the understanding that not all works will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Previous Contemporary Indigeneity Exhibitions

2016