Debra Yepa-Pappan will share her artistic practice and her experience with the Field Museum.
Debra Yepa-Pappan is Korean and a tribally enrolled member of the Pueblo of Jemez, is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Native American Exhibit Hall renovation project at the Field Museum. She welcomes Native American visitors to the Field Museum and engages them in dialogue about the exhibits in the Hall and the upcoming renovation.
Debra works with digital multimedia, focusing on photography and digital collaging. She is an artist with international acclaim in the field of contemporary Native American art, and through her artwork and her work at the Museum she is committed to changing inaccurate representations of Native people, and advocates for the inclusion of Native first voice and perspectives.
Debra was educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and Columbia College Chicago. Her first solo exhibition, Dual(ing) Identities, was featured at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe. Her many national and international exhibitions include those at Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, UK; the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia; DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; and Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, OK; among many others. Her work is in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM; the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, Aurora, IL; and most recently accessioned into the British Library Collection.
Hosted by Indigenous@SAIC: Indigenous@SAIC is a safe space and community of Indigenous students and non-Indigenous allies. Together we hold workshops, guest lectures, readings, and dinners while engaging in the arts and politics of Indigenous people.
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