Art & Art History ETDs

Author

Erik Parker

Publication Date

12-1-2015

Abstract

Neal Ambrose-Smith is an artist of Cree, Metis, and Salish heritage who is at the forefront of contemporary Native American art. A thorough examination of Ambrose-Smiths body of work will reveal that the majority of his art can be viewed as having overwhelming intentions toward a dissolution of boundaries separating the ideas of 'Native,' 'contemporary,' and 'Western art.' It also will show that through the utilization of popular culture and its icons, Ambrose-Smith is able to build a rapport with audiences, while also using images and themes in his art to help break down barriers that contemporary Native artists face in modern society.'

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Art History

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Advisor

Szabo, Joyce

First Committee Member (Chair)

Anderson-Riedel, Susanne

Second Committee Member

Fry, Aaron

Keywords

Native American art, Contemporary art, popular culture

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