“Jeremy Dennis, M.F.A. candidate in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, is one of ten recipients of a 2016–17 $10,000 Dreamstarter grant for his art-based photography project, “On This Site,” which aims to preserve and create awareness of culturally significant Native American locations on Long Island, N.Y.”
Hyperallergic wrote an article about Torkwase Dyson‘s Unkeeping, a show that uses geometric abstract paintings to retrieve places that have been lost, namely the built environments of slavery and racism.
“Like the paintings and drawings, this abstracted experience brings something human to a history where humanity was lost.”
Read more here:
Dennis said he has been able to work with many professors and artists in the School of Visual Arts who have helped shape and develop his artistic practice. “It’s a great environment to continuously see new art,” he noted. “My mentor, Professor Lonnie Graham, believes that this project is important, because not only does it establish and re-examine sites that may have been lost or overlooked by a dominant culture, but it establishes a point for social and cultural dialogue that is imperative as we begin to acknowledge our heritage.”
BTN (Big Ten Network) interviewed me about my project and plans after graduation, read it here!
Please check out this article on the Indian Country Today Media Network to read more!
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills has just announced the second class of American Indian youth to receive $10,000 Dreamstarter grants for projects that help them bring their dreams to life. Each of the 10 Dreamstarter recipients, all American Indian youth under 30, will work with a community nonprofit on an arts or cultural project supported by Running Strong for American Indian Youth.
“I am amazed and humbled by our incredibly accomplished class of young artists and cultural leaders,” said Mills, who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. “My Native culture gave me the courage and strength of spirit to dream my Olympic dream. Native art and culture is vital to vibrant, rich, thriving Native communities.”
Please check out this article by Alisha Steindecker from Long Island’s newspaper 27East released about my upcoming Dreamstarter project! It has some more information and excerpts of an interview included.