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MAILED: March 15, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — Six Native American artists from across the United States and Canada will display their self-portraits March 30 to April 20 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 30 in the gallery.
"Present Tense: Native American Self-Representation in Photography" is not a traditional self-portrait exhibition because there are only a few traditional self-portraits in which the artists actually appear.
"The concept of the show is based on the idea of self-representation," said Kathleen Ash-Milby, guest curator and contemporary Native American art specialist from New York City. "For Native American people this extends to their families, communities and the land."
Ash-Milby and Greta Murphy, assistant professor of art at UW-Eau Claire, developed the concept for the exhibit that will include more than 30 images, most of which are on loan by the artists.
Ash-Milby, who is Navajo, said most of the pieces have been displayed separately in galleries and museums across the country. The majority of the works are from the late 1990s.
"(The exhibit) is about contemporary native people representing themselves and their families/communities as who they are now at the end of the 20th century," Ash-Milby said. "Their self-representation today contrasts with the late 19th-century representations of native people that are still popular today."
The exhibit comprises artists Hulleah Tsinnahjhinnie, Navajo and Seminole, from New Mexico; Lee Marmon, Laguna, from New Mexico; Richard Ray Whitman, Yuchi/Pawnee, from Oklahoma; Dugan Aguilar, Hammawi Band Pit River, Mountain Maidu and Walker River Paiute, from Northern California; Katherine Fogden, Mohawk, from New York; and Rosalie Favell, Metis, from Winnipeg.
Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Tom Wagener at (715) 836-2328.

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Updated: March 15, 2000