Including a Cool New Web Update Section & Quarterly Featured Fellow
The 2009 Eiteljorg Fellows are Jeffrey Gibson, Wendy Red Star, Jim Denomie, Fay HeavyShield and Edward Poitras. Congratulations to all! Please take the time to visit the Eiteljorg site to see the new work, you won't be disappointed. It is a very eclectic mix of great art.
The Eiteljorg also recently published an updated web section for their Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, and it is quite impressive. The first place you're taken to is the newly upgraded Gallery Section. It is easy to navigate and for you art aficionados, this is a real treat because you're able to see an image of the art that the Eiteljorg has in their collection from various artists. It is an elegant experience, like a finely crafted catalog. When you click a thumbnail, a larger version of the image opens replete with the art information, including a link to the artist who made the art.
The links to previous Eiteljorg Fellowship recipients are very nicely done too. It shows the Eiteljorg's long-term commitment to the Fellowship in a very strong visual manner. The link is aptly named The Fellows, and opens to whichever group you clicked (including selecting the group year). In my opinion, this is the fun part! You can see what the artist looks like and go through a section about them that has a little blurb and brief bio about them. It's just enough to give you a good idea of who they are and what they do. And what's this? A Quarterly Featured Fellow section? Look who's there, our good friend Larry Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil!
The interview conducted by Jennifer Complo-McNutt on video was lively and informative. She's a very good interviewer who kept it moving along briskly, while still giving artists a chance to talk about their art. Jennifer is keenly attuned to the nuances of what each artist presents with their own unique art and tailors her interviews accordingly. She's clearly very good at it. Here are some screen captures from the video; Jennifer did have me laughing and being introspective, a very cool combination.
I've found myself going back to the site to look at the art and to learn a bit more about the stories that drive them. The last place I visited was the Art Forum area. It looks newer than the other pages. An Art Forum is a most excellent idea for the site and I noticed that nobody posted anything in some of the areas, so I enterd a topic. Check it out! I would like to extend the Eiteljorg a heartfelt thank you for the very thoughtful and innovate site for the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art; it is an amazing resource, not to mention very beautifully done.