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Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

May 9, 2015 - February 28, 2016
Gallery 255
Free Exhibition

What is Native art today? It’s witty and warm, colorful and critical. It celebrates the past while challenging expectations. And some of the best art is being made right here and now in the Great Lakes area.

This exhibition presents 14 of the region’s most visionary artists. They’re boldly tackling the biggest, most universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. They’re chronicling their own histories and the sweep of societal change. They’re pushing past assumptions into the realm of revelation—the promise of beauty to change the way we see.