Artists in Conversation Part 1: Contemporary Native American Art in Context

Lecture with Nicholas Galanin, Gyasi Ross, Miranda Belarde-Lewis, and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker

Thursday, June 19, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Frye Galleries and Auditorium

Panel discussion of issues critical to emergent Native American artists with artist Nicholas Galanin, author Gyasi Ross, and Miranda Belarde-Lewis from the University of Washington. Moderated by Frye Art Museum Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker. Selected artworks by Galanin and poetry recited by Ross provide the basis for the discussion.


Gyasi Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and his family also comes from the Suquamish Tribe. He is a father, a writer, an entrepreneur and an attorney. His first book of short stories and poems, Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) was published in August 2011 and his second book, How to Say I Love You in Indian, published in early 2014. Ross is also a frequent contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network, and has contributed to other publications including The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.

Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit) is a mother, scholar, author, museum professional and artist. Her research areas include knowledge visualization, archives, intellectual property rights, and knowledge transfer as they occur in Indigenous arts and artifacts. She holds an MA in Museology, a PhD in Information Science and is an instructor at Northwest Indian College. She is enrolled at Zuni Pueblo, a member of the Takdeintaan Clan of the Tlingit Nation and lives with her family in Suquamish, WA.

Nicholas Galanin. The American Dream is Alie and Well, 2012. United States flag, felt, .50 caliber ammunition, foam, gold leaf, plastic. Courtesy of the artist.


Free tickets may be picked up at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and must claim their tickets at the Information Desk fifteen minutes prior to the start of the program.