Sheila Pree Bright and Wendy Red Star · Visiting Artists

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host a Virtual Visiting Artist presentation on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., with artists Sheila Pree Bright and Wendy Red Star. The JCCC moderators are Tonia Hughes and Tai Edwards. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the link.

VIRTUAL Third Thursday Visiting Artists Event

Amy Klingman

Wendy Red Star

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

The Nerman Museum has in its collection one set of Wendy Red Star's Four Seasons photographs, which have been on display in multiple permanent collection exhibitions, including Contemporary American Indian Art · The Nerman Museum Collection (in 2014) and Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly (in 2017). Additionally, the museum has on permanent display Red Star's Jingle Dress in one of the museum’s Collection Focus Areas that are installed across the JCCC campus.

Sheila Pree Bright

Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright portrays large-scale works that combine a wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. She is known for her series, #1960Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. Bright is the author of #1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter protests published by Chronicle Books, which was featured in the New York Times. She appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America. Her work has been exhibited widely, at museums nationally and internationally. Bright earned a BS from the University of Missouri and an MFA in Photography from Georgia State University.

Also in the Nerman’s collection is one of Sheila Pree Bright’s photographs, which has been on display in multiple permanent collection exhibitions. Bright was a featured artist in the 2010 exhibition Faraway Nearby — Addressing Suburbia. Additionally, the JCCC Fine Arts department is working in collaboration with the JCCC Black Student Union; Multicultural Programming Advisory Board; Sustainability; and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce to install an outdoor exhibition of Bright’s work from 1960s Now in and around the Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS) building Oct. 26-Nov. 23, 2020. This exhibition will include outdoor portraits of leaders from civil rights groups and a viewer interactive installation.

Third Thursday programs are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ArtsKC Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.