Above the Fruited Plains

Exhibit Details

Jessie Wilber Gallery

Above the Fruited Plains

By Dwayne Wilcox

The Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery features ledger drawings by prominent Native American artist, Dwayne Wilcox. Dwayne Wilcox is an Oglala Lakota born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Dwayne is a self-taught artist who was a part of the Ledger Art revival of the 60’s & 70’s.

Ledger Art is a term for Plains Indian narratives drawn or painted on old accounting books or ledger papers originating in the 1860 – 1880s. Rather than relying on traditional imagery and romantic visions typically depicted in ledger drawings of the past, Dwayne takes his ledger drawing into the 21st century by employing humor and satire to show us images of his personal life and the lives of Native Americans today.

Above the Fruited Plains is a traveling exhibit made possible by the Missoula Art Museum and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association.

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 12th from 5PM – 8PM in the Jessie Wilber Gallery.