Center at FLC to open ‘Native Views, Native Visions’ exhibit

By Julie Tapley Booth
Special to The PREVIEW

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will open “Native Views, Native Visions,” an exhibit of contemporary artwork by Native American artists, today, Thursday, Oct. 24.

A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Center’s Museum Galleries. This exhibit highlights key pieces from the Center’s permanent collections.

Many of the pieces in the show were donated by Bill and Sue Hensler, as well as Ken and Nancy Goodhue-McWilliams, and other individuals who hold Fort Lewis College and its commitment to Native American education in high regard, and have chosen the Center of Southwest Studies as the new home for their collections. Several notable new acquisitions have been selected for display, including works by Pablita Verlarde, her daughter Helen Hardin and granddaughter Margerite Bagshaw.

The exhibit features paintings, drawings and prints, complemented by select works in other media. The exhibit celebrates the diverse artistic and cultural perspectives of Native artists by focusing on artists’ individual portrayals of the natural and spiritual world. The selections go beyond the art of the Southwest to honor Fort Lewis College’s Sacred Trust, which extends to many Native peoples, and to generate appreciation and dialogue for the viewer. Fort Lewis College students took a leadership role in selecting the art and producing the exhibit.

“Native Views, Native Visions” will run through spring of 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Call 247-7456 or visit for more information.

This story was posted on October 24, 2013.