The acclaimed exhibit “Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art” will make a stop at UNC Pembroke as part of its national tour.

The Museum of the Southeast American Indian will host the art exhibit through July 31. The only east coast venue where the exhibit will be shown, nearly 60 artworks features present-day Chickasaw painters, potters, sculptors, metal smiths and weavers, all of which convey a beautiful and compelling visual Chickasaw story.

From oil and watercolor to textiles and metals, glass, bronze and other materials, the artworks of 15 featured Chickasaw artists in this exhibition are unique, intrinsically Southeast in design and distinctive among today’s contemporary tribal artists.

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. Featured Chickasaw artists Joanna Underwood Blackburn, Erin Shaw, Joshua Hinson, Lisa Hudson, Dustin Mater and Brenda Kingery will attend the opening reception and share insights of their work.

“This exhibit exceeds the esthetic of art and allows visitors to better understand the complexities of Chickasaw history and cultural in a uniquely authentic way,” says Nancy Strickland Fields, director of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian. “Many of these works reference the American Southeast and the ties to traditional homelands before Indian Removal. The Museum of the Southeast is honored to be a part of this exhibit and to be the only venue on the east coast. I invite you to visit the museum a rare opportunity to experience Chickasaw culture first hand.”

The museum is located inside Old Main and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art” is made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Chickasaw Nation, UNCP, the Robeson County Arts Council, and generous donors.

To learn more about this exhibition, visit www.chickasawartists.com or call (910) 521-6282.

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