Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center

Pueblo, CO



Enduring Legacy: Triumph of the Spirit


Awareness of and an appreciation for the survival of the Native American spirit simply state the twofold focus of Enduring Legacy: Triumph of the Spirit on display in the King Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center starting November 13, 1999. Historic images -- paintings from the Arts Center's own Francis King Collection of Western Art - and three-dimensional art forms will represent the strength, beauty and endurance of American Indians.

To value the legacy, one must remember that the American Indian lost his very livelihood to the White Man's rule. Land was seized. Freedom of choice was taken. There was forced segregation. But through incredible odds, this race was able to perpetuate traditions and remain spiritually alive. Generations later, native customs and rituals endure.

Paintings by Joseph Henry Sharp, Eanger Irving Couse, Gerald Curtis Delano, Charles Craig and Joseph Imhof enhance artifacts from the Koshare Indian Museum and University of Southern Colorado's Orman Collection. While the artwork depicts romanticized images, the examples of craftsmanship show an awesome respect for and connection with the land and all forms of life.

Striking creations by nationally-renowned Chris S. Tarpley incorporate universal designs and shapes that honor his mixed heritage.The Santa Fe native shapes blown glass into traditional pottery forms, then inlays them with precious metals like gold, copper and silver.

The profoundly emotional and direct bronzes of the late sculpture artist Allan Houser are a testament unto themselves. He clearly honored Native Americans culture and values with his magnificent work.

Education and enlightenment simply state the twofold intent of this exhibition which will be on display through January 22, 2000.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 11/22/10

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