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American Indian artist displays work at CWC

American Indian artist displays work at CWC

Aug 5, 2013 - From staff reports

Paintings and prints by Al Hubbard, a Wind River Indian Reservation resident, are on exhibit through Sept. 4 in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Gallery at Central Wyoming College.

Hubbard was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to a Navajo father, a mechanical draftsman, and a Northern Arapaho mother, a skilled beadwork artist. Hubbard said he was taught at an early age to be proud of his native bloodlines, and it is from both native cultures that he interprets the world around him.

His early work is detailed, realistic and what he calls "very mechanical." His style, which he said reflects his environment, changed drastically after he enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.

While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hubbard was provided with opportunities to experiment with forms of expression that he was careful to appreciate and integrate into his own personal vision.

"Painting and printmaking are the mediums I choose to interpret my surroundings as an artist and human being," he said. "Printmaking requires degrees of discipline while accepting space for gesture and crude mark making. Painting is the liquid form of drawing that allows a freedom unlike mechanical reproductions of a press."

His immediate attachment to innovative ways of speaking through the arts was nurtured by a handful of native leaders of their own fields of study, he said. His projects have included everything from installation to printmaking.

The gallery is open during regular college business hours. A closing public reception will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

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