New Art Exhibit ‘On Home Ground’ at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Release dated: 
August 12, 2015
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Quick facts: 

What: "On Home Ground" Art Exhibit
When: Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2015. Tue-Sat til Labor Day 10 am-5 pm; after Labor Day Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Where: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Cost: Free, does not include museum admission 

New Art Exhibit ‘On Home Ground’ at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Mille Lacs Band artist Steve Premo explores American Indian history in Minnesota

A new art exhibit, “On Home Ground,” recently opened at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, featuring the work of internationally renowned artist Steve Premo. Premo is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the show includes about 30 of his works from paintings and photographs to material patterns. “I offer to tell a version of Native Americans’ existence in Minnesota, through paintings, drawings and design,” he says. “As a child, I toured the galleries with school outings and realized, history is told by art and held by the care given to maintain the world and local history."

Premo’s work has included everything from illustrating Night Flying Woman by Ignatia Broker to designing a plaque honoring Minnesota’s Dakota and Ojibwe veterans on the veterans’ mall at the Minnesota State Capitol. In 2009, he was the winning artist of a national competition to design a Pendleton Blanket to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Indian Education Association. He has created murals for the Grand Casino Mille Lacs, the Grand Casino Hinckley, the Mille Lacs Band Government Center, the Grand Makwa Cinema, the Hinckley Fire Museum and more. He currently works as a graphic artist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

“On Home Ground” will be on display at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post through Oct. 31, 2015 and is free and open to the public. On Aug. 23, 2015, there will be an artist reception from 11 am to noon where visitors will be able to meet with Steve Premo and discuss his work. 

About the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is a Minnesota Historical Society site located on the southwest shore of Lake Mille Lacs. It tells the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, demonstrations and the "Four Seasons Room," in which life-size dioramas depict early Ojibwe lifestyles. The adjacent 1930s trading post has been fully restored and offers locally made crafts and related merchandise.

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