May 28 General Meeting --
Katie Anderson & Angela Swedberg
“Katie Anderson is the Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) in Vancouver, WA. In her 16 years of museum work, Katie has handled collection relocations, collections crises (pest infestations, mold and water leaks), start-up museum, e-commerce and Point-of-Sale implementation, marketing campaigns, fundraising campaigns and more. Katie was Executive Director of The Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona from July 2006 to December 2008. It was there that she learned to bead and develop a deep appreciation for bead history.
Angela Swedberg is a Tribally-Certified Indian Artisan, in compliance with the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Angela has been a professional conservator of Native American art for museums, art dealers and collectors for over 25 years. Her expertise is in 19th century bead and quillwork, with an emphasis on Plateau art and Native horse gear. Angela's extensive study of 19th century material has given her an in-depth knowledge of beading and quilling techniques which she also applies to her own historically inspired artworks as well as contemporary expressions. She also works in art glass, using a new medium to add a further dimension to age old art aesthetics she works in.
In the presentation, Katie will introduce members to a new project at CCHM and Angela will discuss the differing beaded and quilled items currently in the collection of the Clark County Historical Museum. She will address the ways in which these items were made, as well as what cultural context in which they were created and used in.
CCHM is developing a new two-year exhibition called “Making Beauty: Native North American Beadwork” which will open on November 5, 2015. The exhibition is being curated by Angela Swedberg and Steve Grafe, curator at Maryhill Museum of Art. The artifacts in the exhibition will be from the Museum’s broad collection, several National Park Service sites and local collectors. It will include pieces from the mid-1800’s to today. “We feel it is important to include contemporary Native artistry to remind our general audience that Native Americans continue to be a vibrant part of the fabric of the community. Programming such as open-beading nights and a symposium will be important elements of the project.”
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