Sept. 27, 2023
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CHRIS MORTENSON, Gallery Director
CANDACE HARMON, Media Relations
Fargo artist shows bold colors and ideas at Concordia College
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Through striking colors, bold shapes and natural materials, Native American artist Anna Johnson will bring her equally bold ideas to Concordia College with her exhibition, “Evolution,” from Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Monday, Nov. 20.
A public reception is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, with artist’s remarks at 4:30 p.m., at the Cyrus M. Running Gallery on the second floor of the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre building on campus.
Johnson is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and drawing from North Dakota State University and has been creating art in Fargo and in the area ever since.
Johnson, who hopes to bridge the gap between the world she lives in and the culture she comes from, uses natural materials and animal stencils in monotype prints in “Evolution,” showing the respect Indigenous people have for sacred medicines. She also utilizes collage to incorporate maps of North Dakota and her reservation into her work, along with floral beadwork combining Cree/Ojibwe designs.
When she experiences discrimination, Johnson is moved to make a difference through her work, addressing religion, spirituality and the social injustices that Native Americans, women, and LGBTQ+ people face.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, though it closes for school breaks. For more information, visit ConcordiaCollege.edu/Gallery.