THE ART OF THE PEOPLE: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists

December 10 through February 28, 2021

L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A

About the Exhibition

Featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists showcases artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes. Organized in partnership with the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery and guest curator Jason Quigno, this invitational show will appear concurrently at the Muskegon Museum of Art and GVSU. Incorporating sculpture, painting, ceramics, beadwork, mixed media, and photography, the exhibition explores the ways in which these artists express their experiences in both traditional and non-traditional media, techniques, and subject matter. Through representational and abstract imagery and design the artists address issues of craft, history, identity, social and political justice, and popular culture.

Jonathan Thunder, Quarantine at Gramma’s House

The Artists

Exhibiting artists include: Le’Ana Asher, Adam Avery, Shirley Brauker, Kelly Church, Wally Dion, Cherish Parrish, Jonathan Thunder, Robin Waynee, and Jason Wesaw.


Adam Avery
Beaded Top Hat, appliqué beadwork

Le’Ana Asher, Aunt Becky

About Jason Quigno

Guest curator Jason Quigno is a sculptor and member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. He works in in a variety of stone – granite, basalt, marble, limestone, and alabaster – transforming raw blocks into flowing forms. His work has garnered significant recognition and awards and he has completed numerous public commissions for communities and institutions around Michigan.

Virtual Event: A Conversation with Shirley Brauker, Jason Quigno, and Jonathan Thunder

Join the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery for a virtual event, co-sponsored by the GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Muskegon Museum of Art, Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 pm. Artists Shirley Brauker, Jason Quigno, and Jonathan Thunder will join Dylan A.T. Miner in conversation via Zoom about their artwork in the exhibition The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists, as well as their creative processes and contemporary issues facing indigenous communities. This free event is open to all, RSVP required.


Exhibition Partners



Underwritten by Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP and DTE Energy Foundation

Program support is provided by the Art Bridges Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.