During the June 21 opening ceremony for Washington State History Museum’s new exhibit “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts,” winners in four categories were announced:
Best in Show: “The Wind, the Water and the Sturgeon” by Toma Mark Villa
Spirit of the Northwest: “After Boarding School: In Mourning” by Kaila Farrell-Smith
Honoring the Ancestors: “Ceremonial Cape” by Patti Puhn
Honoring Innovation: “The Bat” by Jeffrey Veregge
These were chosen by a jury panel of Lynette Miller, head of collections at Washington State History Research Center; Michael Holloman, member of the Colville Tribe, director of Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Center’s Plateau Cultural Studies program, and director of Washington State University’s Plateau Center for American Indian Studies; and Deana Dartt-Newton of Oregon, a Coastal Chumash/Californio tribal member and curator at Portland Art Museum.
The public is invited to come and experience the magnificent collection of art at “In The Spirit,” one of the larger Native American arts showcases in the Northwest. The exhibit will remain on view into August and culminate in a Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival at the museum on Aug. 11. Be sure to vote for a People’s Choice winner that will be announced during the festival.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Learn more at http://www.washingtonhistory.org.