Forge Project is pleased to announce the six winners of the 2022 Forge Fellowship: Catherine Blackburn (Dene); Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache); Rainer Posselt (Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans); Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos of The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians); Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation); and Ilegvak, Peter Williams (Yup'ik).
“As we move into the second year of our Forge Fellowship, we’re thrilled to honor this incredible group of changemakers, whose practices champion those aims central to our mission at Forge,” said Executive Director Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation). “This year’s Fellows represent the breadth and complexity of contemporary Native artistic practices, activism, and culture bearing.”
Forge Project’s 2022 cohort of six Indigenous individuals represents a broad diversity of cultural practices, participatory research, organizing models, and geographic contexts that honor Indigenous pasts as well as build Native futures. Each Forge Project Fellow will receive a total of $25,000 toward their practice and will have full access to the Forge Project site, libraries, and collection of contemporary art by Indigenous artists during a three-week fellowship at Forge. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work at on-site events, as well as online via social media and live-streamed programs.
This year’s Fellows are a widely accomplished group working in a range of fields:
Catherine Blackburn is an artist and jeweler, who uses personal narrative to speak back to colonial histories; Laura Ortman is an experimental musician and vocalist working with everything from the electric guitar and piano to the Apache violin; public and mental health worker Rainer Posselt, whose background in youth work and food-sovereignty initiatives inform explorations of historical trauma; the artistic and pedagogical visions of multi-disciplinary artist Sara Siestreem who combines painting, photography, printmaking, weaving, and large-scale installation with work in education and institutional reform; Tania Willard’s notions of the contemporary and traditional as applied to Indigenous art, probing intersections between Indigenous practices and land-based pedagogies; and culture bearer, artist, designer, and filmmaker Ilegvak, Peter Williams, whose hand-sewn works repurpose hide and skin from self-harvested traditional foods, bridging worlds of Indigenous art, fashion, and subsistence.
The Forge Project Fellowship 2022 applications were reviewed by a juried panel of six distinguished Native scholars, artists, writers, and former Fellows: Misty Cook, Sky Hopinka, Dr. Rose Miron, Dr. Jolene Rickard, Dr. Meranda Roberts, and Dr. Anton Treuer.
Forge Project's annual fellowship launched with a cohort of four individuals selected by Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee). In addition to direct financial support, fellows will make use of the Forge Project property to devote time to their practice. The inaugural Forge Project Fellows are Chris T Cornelius (Oneida), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Jasmine Neosh (Menominee), and Brock Schreiber (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans).