First Nations Contemporary Art

Virtual Exhibition

First Nations Contemporary Art

Exploring the Native American Experience. 

Virtual exhibition on view October 29, 2021


ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIOGRAPHY

The statement and biography written below are by the individual artist and are published with their permission. The views expressed are their own. Thank you.

About the Exhibit
Message from Curator Rose Dolan-Neill: Pablo Center at the Confluence occupies the sacred and ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples. We honor the land of the Ojibwe and Dakota Nations.  Christopher Sweet, an artist of the Ho-Chunk Nation, tells the story of his people by sharing their stories, their experiences, and by exploring their identity in Pablo Center at the Confluence’s third annual exhibit highlighting recent artworks by Native American artists.

This exhibit is our annual pledge to artists of the First Nations that we will let your voice be heard.
Christopher Sweet
Christopher Sweet

"This collection includes works from 2016-2021. It represents the growth that I have had both personally and professionally. Some of the pieces are more experimental and abstract, whereas other works are more symbolic in nature and capture the spirit of how I envisioned that my ancestors lived.  

As an artist, I create pieces that speak both to me and others about the beauty that exists in Native American culture. My pieces capture traditional native ways of life both past and present. Inspiration is drawn from many aspects of my culture, including traditional regalia, storytelling, and spiritual connectedness. I create vibrant acrylic paintings on canvas or other materials which are rich with color and texture. Part of my creative process is to set intentions of healing and unity so that as I put paint to canvas, those intentions will become part of creation. My artwork not only speaks for me but provides a voice for my ancestors who weren’t always able to practice their teachings and traditions. I also create works that bring awareness to important issues that directly impact Indian Country. My goal is to make a connection with the observer and have the pieces resonate with them."  

Christopher Sweet is a contemporary Native American Artist. He is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and is also a descendant of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. Sweet was born and raised in Wisconsin and settled in the Wisconsin Dells area. Having shown an affinity for the arts throughout his childhood, Christopher went on to study at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Christopher carried his artistic abilities and passion for art throughout the years but after experiencing a life-changing event, he felt inspired to pursue art as a career in 2016. Since that time, Christopher has exhibited his work in solo and multi-artist shows. Christopher's works include abstracts, realism, and large-scale murals. He has been a recipient of awards and ribbons for his work in juried art shows. Christopher’s commissioned works hang in corporate spaces, educational institutions, medical facilities, and private collections throughout Wisconsin and the United States. 

Interested in Purchasing a work of art?
Interested in a work of art exhibited in one of our virtual galleries or exhibits? It may be available for purchase. To purchase a work of art, contact Rose, our Visual and Literary Arts Manager.

All artwork pricing is set by the artist and is non-negotiable and non-refundable. All artwork sales are by commission with Pablo Center at the Confluence. Your purchase supports our endeavors to present quality visual arts programming that is free and open to the public.


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