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Jim Denomie

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 12, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this, we will highlight contemporary creators weekly who are adding to the cultural landscape of Minnesota and beyond in a variety of fields.

This week’s focus is on art. Not unlike writing, there are many wonderful Native artists we could highlight, but today we will focus on Jim Denomie, an Ojibwe painter. He was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Minneapolis. From his biography on the Bockley Gallery website: 

“Primarily a painter, he also works in printmaking, photography, ink drawings and found object sculpture. His narrative paintings focus mainly on political, social, cultural and personal events (both current and historical) pertaining to Native American issues and his personal identity.”

He has won many awards, including a Bush Fellowship and a McKnight Distinguished Artist Award in 2019. MNHS has three of his paintings in the collection plus a published book called “Sketchbook.” 

This oil painting by him is called "Koochie and Tuffy," made in 2007.

Learn more here: http://www.bockleygallery.com/artist_denomie/