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Contemporary Native American Art Symposium

Tony Tiger, Artist in Return from Exile

Tony Tiger, Intertribal, Acrylic on Panel 

November 10, 2017 

The WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will host a one day symposium on contemporary Native American art bringing together scholars, artists featured in the Return from Exile exhibition, and local Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian artists.


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to learn about variety of topics. 

Although the Contemporary Native American Art Symposium registration is full, you can still watch for free online through our Live Stream Video! Please click on the button to the right to access the Live Stream Video. 

The Live Stream will also be available through Facebook Live the handle @bardoartscenter. The symposium will begin streaming at 10am on November 10. 

Symposium Presenters:

Tony A. Tiger, Bobby C. Martin, America Meredith, heather ahtone, Bill Glass Jr., Roy Boney Jr., Jeff Marley, Hope Huskey, Troy Jackson, Faren Sanders Crews, Josh Adams, Joel Queen, Bear Allison, Anna Fariello, TJ Holland, Mary Thompson and Barbara Duncan.

General Symposium Schedule: 

9:00am-4:00pm: One-Day Symposium | Free registration required

Post-Symposium Events

5:00pm-7:00pm: Catered reception for Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art featuring a gallery talk at 5:15pm with exhibition curators and a traditional Cherokee food tasting 

7:30pm-9:00pm: Keynote Performance from Canadian First Nation electronic music group, A Tribe Called Red.*

*WCU PRESENTS: A Tribe Called Red - Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red bring their unique electronic music to the Bardo Arts Center stage. With influences from modern hip-hop to tribal music, A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity. Tickets and details at

Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $20 WCU Faculty/Staff, $20 Seniors, $5 Students
Student must purchase tickets at the BAC Box Office or by calling 828.227.ARTS to get the discounted rate. Adult and faculty/staff tickets can be purchased online. 

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