Bently Spang (photo from Colorado College)
(Laramie, Wyo.) - The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wyoming said this month that Northern Cheyenne multidisciplinary artist Bently Spang will be an Eminent Artist in Residence for the spring 2014 semester. Spang will teach a class on Native American art, will have a solo exhibition at the UW Art Museum, and will present the “Tekcno Pow Wow,” a mixed-media installation combining techno and hip hop music, video projection, and Native American and other dance forms.
The website of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe lists Bently Spang as one of 60 artists who have made significant contributions to the field of contemporary Native art. His mediums include mixed media sculpture, performance, video, and installation. Spang’s work is exhibited widely, and venues include the Denver Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe.
Spang holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings. He has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Montana State University in Billings.
Generous funding from the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, awarded to the American Indian Studies Program, is sponsoring Spang’s residency at UW.
A grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund will partially sponsor the “Tekcno Pow Wow,” which will be presented in partnership with the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.
For more information about Bently Spang’s residency at UW, contact American Indian Studies at 766-6521.