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Center for Native American and Indigenous Research Announces Noelle Garcia as 2023 Artist in Residence

April 10, 2023

EVANSTON, Ill. — The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at Northwestern University is proud to announce Noelle Garcia as its 2023 Artist in Residence. Garcia’s residency is in partnership with the Center for Native Futures.  

Garcia, who is based in the Chicago metropolitan area, is a North American Indigenous artist from the Klamath, Modoc, and Paiute tribes from Oregon and Nevada. Garcia’s multidisciplinary work focuses on identity, family history, and recovered narratives. She utilizes various research methods to inform her methodology and has earned awards and fellowships at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Graduate Center, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and more.  

Garcia’s artist statement describes her process as an act of becoming herself, interacting with art history, recovering from trauma, and expressing affection. Her work explores relationships with loved ones, Indigenous identity, and Indigenous people’s representation in educational institutions. Through her art, Garcia hopes to create intersections of beauty, love, sorrow, and trauma and to interpret and navigate her existence within the universe.

During her residency, Garcia will share her artistic expertise and knowledge of Native and Indigenous cultures with the Northwestern community. She will hold open studio hours at Kresge Hall #2-315 on Friday April 14, 2023 (12-1pm), and Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (3-4pm).  Garcia will be featured along with the Center for Native Futures at a public program  to be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (5-7pm).  

Her work will align with CNAIR's values and vision to support interdisciplinary work and build community connections and the Artist in Residence program goal to connect the Northwestern community with Native and Indigenous knowledge sharers.  

CNAIR is Northwestern University’s primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning, and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories, and lifeways. 

The Center for Native Futures is a newly-formed non-profit opening a new Native and Indigenous gallery space in the city of Zhegagoynak (Chicago). 

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR, Northwestern University)