Nadema Agard Winyan Luta/Red Woman (Cherokee/Lakota/Powhatan), (b.1948), lives and works in New York City. She was educated at New York University and Columbia University, Teacher’s College, where she received a Master of Arts Degree in Art and Education. Her watercolors, pastels acrylic on canvas pieces, incorporate soft sculptural forms and mixed media. Her work as an artist has an individual style and a cosmic subject with a global agenda from an Indigenous perspective. Her work also combines traditional Indigenous sacred feminine iconography and spirituality with traditional Western European media. Part of the New York City contemporary Native art scene for more than 35 years, she has shown her work at the Gallery of the American Indian Community House and has been part of Native artists groups like Riders With No Horse and American Indian Artists, Inc., (AMERINDA). Nadema has shown in over 60 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1979. Agard’s pieces are in the collections of Amerindian Circle, Native American Contemporary Art Collection of the University of Wisconsin, American Indian College Fund, Locus Media Gallery, and those of private collectors throughout the world.
Bio of David Bunn Martine
orn in 1960 in Southampton, Long Island, New York, David Martine is Nednai-Chiricahua Apache and Shinnecock/Montauk from his mother Marjorie, a classically trained opera and concert singer. His father, Thomas Siklos is a Hungarian music director, organist and voice teacher. He comes from an artistic family for several generations. Living on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, David absorbed the history of his heritage, both the ancient Algonquian cultures from the New England woodland as well as the Apache of Arizona and New Mexico. He has also studied music inspired by his father.
David’s family history, learned from his grandmother by whom he was raised, is very rich. His Shinnecock great-grandfather, Charles Sumner Bunn, was a master wood-carver of shore-bird decoys and was a professional guide and hunter. Charles’ father was a whaler who sailed around the world participating in the New England whaling industry which flourished in the early 19th century. David’s uncle was a commercial artist, wood-carver and photographer. David’s Hungarian grandfather, Arpad Siklos, was a famous architect who designed the Vatican Embassy in Budapest and was knighted by the Pope in the Order of Saint Sylvester.
His Chiricahua Apache ancestors participated in the Apache wars with the United States and Mexico. He is related to famous chiefs Victorio and Mangas Coloradas, and his grandfather, Charles Martine, Jr. was held a prisoner of war with Geronimo, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma until 1913. One Apache great-grandfather was Chin-Chee, a warrior with Geronimo’s band who was killed while fighting the U.S. Cavalry before final surrender. His other great-grandfather, Martine, was U.S. Army Apache Scout who helped persuade Geronimo to surrender in 1886.
Martine began drawing and selling portraits of Indian chiefs, as well as sailing ships, and animals at an early age at the family’s gift shop in Southampton, New York. Later he began oil painting in high school, specializing in portraits, and murals. In college at the University of Oklahoma, obtaining a degree in advertising design, David studied many different disciplines – product design, painting, and sculpture and while at the Institute for American Indian Arts studied jewelry making, sculpture, and museum science. After receiving a Masters Degree in Art Education from Central State University, he taught for a time as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.
Having in recent years received a Joan Mitchell award, an Andy Warhol Research Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Residency; he has diversified his artistic interests. Currently, Director/Curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, and Chairperson of AMERINDA, Martine, is writing a book on the history of the New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement, and has completed many mural and portrait commissions, book illustrations, large scale wood sculptures, and multi-media pieces. David’s earliest artistic influences were members of his own family. Later, he learned to appreciate the influence of distant relative Chiricahua Apache artist and sculptor, Allan Houser (Haozous), Norman Rockwell, the Wyeths and Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. Martine’s work is based on narrative realism, sometimes bordering on impressionism.
G. Peter Jemision was born in silver Creek, New York, in 1945. He received his academic arts education from the University of Sienna in Sienna, Italy, before earning a B.S. in Arts Education from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY in 1967 as well as an Honorary Doctorate of fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo, in Buffalo, NY, in 2003. A member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation, Jemison’s work is also rooted in the framework of Native America art.
G. Peter Jemison, a member of the Heron clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians, has been exhibiting his work for more than four decades and is a painter and printmaker, curator of Native American Art, videographer, author and historian for the Seneca Nation. He is the Historic Site Manager for Ganondagan State Historic site located in Victor, New York. His longstanding personal interest in the interpretation of Haudenosaunee (Iroquiois) historiography is a central and inspirational driving force informing his work.
G. Peter Jemison has exhibited in numerous solo-exhibition and group shows, and his works are included such significant collections as The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; The British Museum, London, UK; and the museum der Weltkultern, Frankfurt, Germany. He lives and works in victor, New York.
2000 and 2013 – Curated 8 Iroquois Biennial Exhibits, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. The exhibitions supported by the Eugene and Clare Thaw Charitable Trust foundation.
One of his personal favorites was Four Artists Under 30. An exhibit featured Leah Shenandoah, Oneida; Loren Jimerson, Seneca; Awenheeyoh Powless, Onondaga; and Natasha Smoke Santiago, Mohawk.
His current film in-progress is entitled “The Iroquois Creation Story”, a collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology, Garth Fagan Dance Theater, and the Friends of Ganondagan. The film combines live action footage and animation using Iroquois traditional songs and a new composition of music by Brent Michael Davids.
Jemison’s contribution to Native American arts and culture extend beyond the objects of his own making – he is also an esteemed administrator, curator, editor and writer. In 2004, he was elected Board Member at large of the American Association of Museums. He is also widely known as a curator of Native American arts. Jemison’s most recent curatorial projects include Pan-American Exposition Centennial: Images of the America Indian at the Burchfield-Penney Art Venter in Buffalo, NY and Stan Hill: The Spirit Released/A circle complete at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York