Protect the Sacred gives voice to the diverse Urban Indian community of this region. As Native artists, we reject externally constructed expectations for people of color, who are often confined by the recognition of their ethnicity in the mainstream art world. This exhibition empowers Indigenous artists to represent themselves, whether in traditional or contemporary contexts. Through our work, we hope to showcase the complexity of our cultures and identities, and broaden perceptions of Native American art.
Seattle-based artist RYAN! Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) creates multi-layered environments and interactive sculptures. Feddersen’s work is tongue-in-cheek, but with a pointed message that considers the role that art and creative industries play in creating sustainable communities. For this exhibition, she has created four interactive installations that address equitable development and resource use: Unveiling the Romantic West; Disconnected Towers; Coyote Now! and Martha Stewart Cocktails. Continue reading RYAN! Feddersen: Resistance→
White Out is a temporary artistic intervention on a street-side building at Delridge Playfield. Working with the concept of erasure and reemergence, the artwork will change and disintegrate throughout the installation. The artwork’s transformation is an illustration of the rapidly changing neighborhood, and a symbol of the resilience of the Delridge community. Continue reading White Out – Put Art in Parks→
Six artists from the sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ at 20 exhibition, Vickie Era-Pancretz, RYAN! Feddersen, Patti Puhn, Richard Rowland, Alex McCarty, and Malynn Wilbur-Foster, will be at the Evergreen State College Art Gallery to talk about their work on Tuesday April 26, 2016 5PM to 7 PM.
RYAN! FEDDERSEN was selected to participate in Emerging Indigenous Voices. In summer of 2011, twelve young adult artists, ages 21 to early 30’s who have demonstrated extraordinary skills at expressing their talents through work influenced by the hip-hop subculture and urban and political art such as printmaking, graffiti, media and mural painting were invited to participate in a 3-Tier artists fellowship program. Continue reading Emerging Indigenous Voices→
Capitalizing on the strong art community in the Seattle area, Strange Coupling was formed in 2002 to establish a meaningful connection between local artists and current UW students. The collaboration of eight “Couples” (paired student and local artists) culminates in an exhibition in April 2012. This years coupling process will be juried by The Strange Co. Organizers with the help of Catharina Manchanda, Director of Modern Art at SAM, and Kris Anderson, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.
2012 Artists include: Julie Alpert (MFA 2008), Tosh Beres, RYAN! FEDDERSEN, Troy Gua, Susie Lee (MFA 2006), and Amanda Manitach.
RYAN! FEDDERSEN was selected alongside four Native American artists to participate in the American Indian Artists Residency for the month of September 2010 in conjunction with the Confluence of Red Nations Symposium on September 11-12th. The AIAR is a fully funded month-long program in Basin, Montana. The residency program and symposium are expanding awareness of contemporary Indian life, providing and developing useful strategies for cultural survival and supporting art through residential creative space and intertribal dialogue.