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MAILED: Sept. 10, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is sponsoring an exhibit of the work of Chloris A. Lowe, Sr., a Ho-Chunk folk artist who was born near Black River Falls.
"I brought the display to campus because I thought students and faculty would enjoy seeing the work of a local Indian artist," said Leslie Foster, assistant professor of library services, who serves as a member of the AIS Program Advisory Committee. "Also, the university is trying to build relationships with Indian communities and campus, and this exhibit seems an appropriate endeavor."
The pen and pencil display, which can be found in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center through Sept. 17, portrays Ho-Chunk life as it was in the late 1800s to present 1900s.
"Many people don't know much about the Ho-Chunk culture," Foster said. "This is one opportunity to learn a little about the cultural diversity of Wisconsin."
This is the first public display of Lowe's artwork. Until now only his family and friends have been able to enjoy his work, Foster said. "I personally believe his work deserves a bigger audience and that's why I asked him if we could display his art."
Lowe has been a truck driver for 40 years and has traveled 48 states — drawing pictures along the way. He is a self-taught artist whose artwork records Ho-Chunk history, culture and traditional designs and apparel. Some of the 11 pictures displayed in the Skylight Lounge portray a Friday night get-together on the reservation, a Ho-Chunk elder and a scalp dance — which is the dance women did to celebrate the warrior's return.
Lowe currently teaches the Ho-Chunk language and works as a commercial artist at the Language and Cultural Center in Mauston.

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Updated: Sept. 10, 1999