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Lecture to explore influence of Native American art

April  03, 2012

Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III

Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III will explore unexpected relationships between Native American art and 20th-century avant-garde artworks on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Larson Hall, inside the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.). A reception will be held in the Augustana College Art Museum immediately following the program.

Dr. Rushing is Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Rushing's areas of study include: Native American art; modern and contemporary art; Southwest modernism; theory, criticism and methodology; museum studies; and post-colonialism and visual culture. One of the major works he has addressed related to the influence of Native American art is Mural by Jackson Pollock, which has been on display at the Figge Museum of Art, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Augustana Art Museum Director Sherry Maurer said, "Dr. Rushing will present some eye-opening information about the influence of Native American art on well-known 20th-century artists. Not only were Anglo artists receptive to such visual inspiration, it could be argued that the influences were of major consequence."

Dr. Rushing is the author of Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde (1995), Teresa Marshall: A Bed to the Bones (1998) and Allan Houser: An American Master (2004); editor of Native American Art in the Twentieth Century (1999) and After the Storm (2001); and co-author of Modern By Tradition (1995), which received the Southwest Book Award.

The program is sponsored by supporters of the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection at Augustana College. Portions of the collection are on view in the lower-level gallery of the Augustana College Art Museum.

Public parking is available in the lot on the east side of Centennial Hall. More information is available at 309-794-7231 or

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833