Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2008


Great Plains Quarterly Volume 28, Number 2, Spring 2008, pp. 164-65.


Copyright 2008 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The Tamarind Institute is a well-known and well-respected venue where contemporary artists collaborate with master printmakers to realize their work in multiples, principally in limited edition lithography. In the decades since its establishment in New Mexico in 1970, artists as diverse as Elaine de Kooning, Ed Ruscha, Fritz Scholder, Judy Chicago, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, James Havard, and Jose Bedia have been in residence. As the above sample indicates, Native artists have long been a part of the collaborative mix.

This volume considers the work of six Native artists who collaborated with master printmakers to produce new work: Steven Deo (Creek), Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), Larry McNeil (Tlingit), Ryan Lee Smith (Cherokee), Star Wallowing Bull (Minnesota Chippewa), and Marie Watt (Seneca). Of interest to the readers of Great Plains Quarterly is the fact that Deo and Smith are both from Oklahoma. All six artists were featured in an exhibit at the University of New Mexico Art Gallery in 2006 which is currently touring nationally.