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Spang is UW American Indian Studies Program Eminent Artist in Residence

January 7, 2014
Bently Spang
Bently Spang

Northern Cheyenne multidisciplinary artist Bently Spang is the University of Wyoming American Indian Studies Program spring semester Eminent Artist in Residence.

Spang will teach a class on Native American art; will have a solo exhibition at the UW Art Museum; and will present the “Tekcno Pow Wow,” a mixed-media installation combining techno and hip hop music, video projection, and Native American and other dance forms.

He is among 60 artists who have made significant contributions to the field of contemporary Native art, according to the Institute of American Indian Arts website, based in Santa Fe, N.M.

His mediums include mixed media sculpture, performance, video and installation. Spang’s work is exhibited widely in venues such as the Denver Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Peabody-Essex Museum and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum.

Spang received an MFA degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings. He has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Montana State University in Billings.

Funding from the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, awarded to the American Indian Studies Program, sponsors Spang’s UW residency.

A grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund will partially sponsor the “Tekcno Pow Wow,” which will be presented at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice April 2-5 at UW.

For more information about Spang’s residency, phone the UW American Indian Studies Program at (307) 766-6521.

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