Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
St. Lawrence University
Canton, New York
January 21 – February 28, 2008
"The Hello Kitty portfolio is framed and being installed in the Richard
F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York" Melanie Yazzie
This exchange portfolio of prints uses Pocahontas and Hello Kitty as a ploy to engage the public to consider new ways of looking at Native women in history; the plot is to educate viewers and especially young women about this issue; and the point is to exhibit the prints at various reservations and in communities throughout the United States and abroad.
The project, organized by Melanie Yazzie, includes 38 artists and was also supported by the Southern Graphics Council and the University of Kansas, SGC sponsor in 2007. Kathryn Polk designed the portfolio’s colophon, which was the source for this text. Special thanks to Melissa Schulenberg, assistant professor of fine arts at St. Lawrence University.
Four New Zealand artists involved with the portfolio are: Cerisse Palalagi (Niue/ Te Arawa), Natalie Couch(Tuwharetoa), Lorraine King (Ngapuhi) & Natalie Hunt.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a Flathead Salish artist, writes about her print at left, “American Indian tribes have suffered genocide the same as the Iraqi and Afghani tribes today.”