An exhibition of lithographs by Fritz Scholder, created in the 1970s at the Tamarind Institute, will be on display in the Arcade Gallery of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University from Aug. 15 through Nov. 15. This exhibition is sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.
One of Scholder's pieces to be on display in the Arcade Gallery of the Jundt Art Museum
Scholder, (1937-2005) who was one-quarter Indian by birth, rose to fame in the 1960s. He was trained as a painter by Oscar Howe in South Dakota and later in California by Wayne Thiebaud. After receiving his master of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona, Scholder taught advanced painting and art history at the newly formed American Indian Arts Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. Disillusioned by the way Indians were portrayed in art by Indians and non-Indians alike, he felt that “the American Indian artist must step out of the arena of curios into the world of fine objects and expressive painting.”
In 1967 his new series of paintings depicting the “real Indian” became an immediate controversy, but soon Scholder would receive exceptional reviews for his poignant portrayals of the contemporary Native American experience. In 1970 Scholder was invited to The Tamarind Institute, the renowned lithography workshop in Albuquerque, N.M., to undertake its first major project after its move from Los Angeles. The lithographs on display at the Jundt Art Museum were created by Scholder at Tamarind during this time and exemplify his iconic style. Scholder is considered to be a major influence for a generation of Native American artists. All prints on display are from the private collection of John Morey Maurice.
A blessing ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22 will be led by Francis Cullooyah, director of the Kalispel Tribe culture department, and a friend of the late Scholder.
There will be a public reception from 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, followed by a public lecture in the Jundt Auditorium titled “Remembering Collaboration: Tamarind Institute & Fritz Scholder,” with co-lecturers Arif Khan, Gallery director, and Bill Lagatutta, master printer, of the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico. Both events are free and open to the public.
Sharing the opening is the exhibit “Contemporary Ceramics: Kolva/ Sullivan Collection,” an exhibition of contemporary works in clay from the private collection of Jim Kolva and Pat Sullivan, which runs from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11.
Admission to the Jundt Art Museum is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday noon-4 p.m.; closed Sundays and university holidays*. For more information, please call Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education, at (509) 313-6613.
*Holidays closed: Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 18-20.