The Cultural Center of Wyoming
January 21 – March 15, 2023 (Opening Program & Reception – January 21 at 5:30pm)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
GROUNDED is an artistic exploration that brings together 15 premier and emerging contemporary artists from Indigenous American tribes traditionally based in and around the Great Plains region of the USA, seeking to inspire our imaginations about our need to be “grounded” in our relationship with all of creation: the earth and its wildlife, each other and ourselves. It is critical for the health and survival of our planet, that we acknowledge and honor our intricate connection to the earth as our sustainer, to the wisdom of our ancestors, and to humanityʼs need of each other. Our world itself is calling for a realignment of a sacred harmony and an awareness of a new balance between ourselves and the earth, and with all of life upon it. Foundational to any solution is the need to have a healthier relationship with everything on our planet. We have much to learn from the Indigenous cultures of our Native American sisters and brothers about being grounded in the interconnectedness of the sacred, the natural world, and one another. Native American traditional beliefs see everything on the earth as living in relationship. Seeing the interconnectedness of all things, they understand todayʼs environmental and humanitarian crises as affecting everyone and everything – geologically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their spiritual wisdom is therefore essential toward developing a “sacred harmony” between all peoples and with the earth. The artistic practice of this inspiring group of Native American artists is a unique blend of their heritage and creative expression. Their work serves as a visual representation of the worldview, wisdom and learnings of their forebears which is urgently needed today as we reimagine the way we live in order to heal our world. Through this contemporary art exhibition they share their culture, heritage, and sacred traditions, imparting wisdom toward restoring our world and fostering wholeness among all peoples. Curated by noted Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez, the exhibitionʼs multi-year international tour includes six cities in Wyoming, USA (Lander, Casper, Cheyenne, Jackson, Worland, Rock Springs), and other key art spaces in the United States, United Kingdom, and Middle East.