Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Wendy Red Star

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Wendy Red Star

Portland, OR
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Wendy Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, she now lives and works in Portland, OR. Red Star has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. She has served as a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, and CalArts. In 2015, Red Star was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2017, she received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and in 2018, the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2019, Red Star will have her first mid-career survey exhibition at the Newark Museum in New Jersey.


“I work across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, I seek to incorporate and recast my research, offering new and unexpected perspectives through work that is at once inquisitive, witty, and unsettling.”


  • Tokens Gold & Glory, 2016, installation, hunting decoys, astroturf, gold fringe, dimensions variable

  • The Maniacs (We're Not The Best But We're Better Than The Rest), 2018, found photo installation with instruments, dimensions variable

  • The Maniacs (We're Not The Best But We're Better Than The Rest), 2018, Pendleton Suits and enlarged family photograph, dimensions variable

  • Um-basax-bilua “Where They Make The Noise” (detail), 2017, photo installation timeline, dimensions variable

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.