Dakota artist Annette Lee devised Native Skywatchers as a way to revitalize the native (Ojibwe & Dakota) star knowledge and build community around it. Annette Lee received a grant from NASA to lead Native Skywatchers workshops nationally. She currently serves as professor of Physics and Astronomy at St Cloud State. Her artwork is celebrated regionally and nationally. This exhibit will feature artwork by Annette Lee, her partner, William Wilson, and their friend, Carl Gawboy. The exhibit will also feature artwork from community members based around Lee’s teachings on Native Skywatching.
Emi Lyman was born and raised in Duluth, MN. She grew up visiting the Duluth Art Institute and the Tweed Museum of Art and was inspired at an early age to draw everyday objects by local greats such as Gendron Jenson and Kay Kurt.
She received her BA in Printmaking from the University of Minnesota, Morris and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While at Cranbrook, Emi worked installing exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum and was able to run free with her interest in drawing on a larger scale. After moving to Minneapolis in 2008, Emi began working at the Walker Art Center as a gallery guard and installation assistant where she was able to interact with the Walker’s collections as well as traveling shows on an intimate level. There, she developed a deeper understanding of the edges of contemporary art as well as how viewers currently interact (or choose not to interact) with contemporary artworks.