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October 5, 2001

Tribute to Native American Artists at CSUS

A tribute to the proud heritage of the tribal nations of California, in conjunction with the 16th annual Indian Conference and Gathering, takes place from Oct. 8 through Oct. 26 at California State University, Sacramento.

Wood and metal sculptures, drawings, paintings, lithographs and various mixed media are all included in the free exhibit of contemporary Native American artwork in the University Union, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The exhibit highlights the work of 9 artists. Included in the exhibit will be the work of CSUS professor emeritus Frank La Pena. An active poet, dancer and artist, La Pena was one of 32 people from throughout the Western Hemisphere selected by the Smithsonian Institution as advisors in the creation of its new national museum dedicated to Native American art and culture. One of Le Pena's powerful paintings was selected as the poster image for the 16th annual Indian Conference and Gathering.

Another artist included in the exhibit is Rick Bartow. Bartow's art has been shown throughout the country and was recently included in part of an exhibition at the White House. Other exhibiting artists include Harry Fonseca, Jean LaMarr, Judith Lowry, Kathleen Smith, Brian Tripp, Frank Tuttle and Fritz Scholder.

For more information call (916) 278-6744. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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