HUB Gallery exhibit celebrates Native American artists from southeastern tribes

August 28, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present an exhibition, "We Never Left: Artists of the Southeastern Indian Tribes," in the first-floor HUB Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, on the University Park campus, Sept. 18 through Nov. 3. The galleries will host a free, public celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16.

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Science, Daytona Beach, Florida, and curated by Walter L. Meyer, independent curator, this iteration at Penn State is supported by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Architecture. 

The exhibition focuses on Native American artists who are descendants of the indigenous peoples who survived and continue to thrive in some portion of their Southeastern homelands despite most of their populations being relocated in the 19th century.

Their highly diverse artwork reflects engagement with tradition-inspired techniques, cutting-edge technology, and pop culture, and addresses a variety of issues — cultural preservation, language revitalization, personal identity and expression, American history, community pride, and threats to homeland and the natural environment.

Artists in the exhibit include Joshua Adams, “Doc” & Spencer Battiest, Hollis Chitto, Rany Chitto, Jessica Clark, Faren Sanders Crews, Peggy Fontenot, Jerry Gibson, Shan Goshorn, Sherrell Hendrickson, Luzene Hill, Ashley Minner, Benny Mitch, Jessica Osceola, Jean-Luc Pierite, Caroleen Sanders, Sarah Sense, Monique Verdin and Fred Wilnoty.

A program of Student Affairs, HUB-Robeson Galleries partner with students and contemporary artists to produce gallery exhibitions, public projects, educational programs and cultural events. As a cultural destination within Penn State University Park and a resource for the commonwealth, the galleries support holistic student success through development, engagement and leadership.

The HUB Gallery is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The galleries welcome classroom visits and offer student-led tours. For more information on exhibitions or tours, contact 814-865-2563, or visit the website.

Last Updated September 22, 2020