The latest sites and histories featured in the Suffolk County Historical Society exhibition (on view toward the end of September) have been updated and plotted on the website! Here’s one site to start at!
“A new photography exhibition is spotlighting American Indian sites found throughout Long Island.
Local Native American artist Jeremy Dennis spent more than a year on the research and photography that went on display Saturday at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead.”
Check out the latest news on Newsday website and in print!
Please check out this new interview with Chris Kretz from The Long Island History Project. We discuss the history of the project and upcoming exhibitions. Link below!
“On This Site: The Indigenous People of Suffolk County,” is an exhibition of photographs that feature landscapes of cultural and historical significance to Native Americans. The goal of Mr. Dennis’s project is to reinforce his cultural identity and that of other tribal members living in Suffolk, to raise awareness of Native American culture and to preserve significant and sacred sites.”
Please read more about the upcoming Suffolk County Historical Society exhibit in Riverhead here!
Had such a great turnout for the first On This Site Opening Reception at the Shinnecock Cultural Center and Museum! Thank everyone for coming! If you couldn’t make it tonight, the exhibition will be up until August 24th, 2017!
Check out the reception images on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/onthissite/posts/1860489680945259
“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.
I am grateful to announce that I’ve been chosen as one of the ten recipients of the Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s Dreamstarter program! They have chosen to fund my project On this Site! My Mentor, Professor Lonnie Graham at Pennsylvania State University, will work closely with me to help complete the project.
This will be the website I will use as a platform to document my project, On This Site, as it goes from the planning, research and web presentation of the work. Please check in once in a while for updates!