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Date(s) - January 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Visual Arts Building


Nicholas Galanin is a Lingít/Unangax̂/ multidisciplinary artist whose work is rooted in his perspective as an Indigenous man connected to the land and culture he belongs to. Galanin centers Indigeneity through concept, form, image, and sound. His works are vessels for knowledge, culture, and technology – inherently political, generous, unflinching, insistent, and poetic. Embedded with incisive observation and critical thinking, his work advocates for social and environmental justice and expands on the intersections of culture. By engaging with past, present and future, Galanin celebrates the beauty, knowledge and resilience of Indigenous people. His work counters assimilation; insisting on differences as strengths. Rejecting binaries and categorization, Galanin works to envision, build, and support Indigenous sovereignty.

During his visit to CSU on Tuesday, January 24, Galanin will take part in a mural unveiling on the Visual Arts Building at noon. As part of the Mural Initiative and the Engaged Art Walk, he designed a mural that will be installed by Department of Art and Art History students on the Visual Arts Building. Galanin will also give an artist talk at the Lory Student Center at 5 p.m. in Ballroom 350D. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Engaged Art Walk is an arts-based community building project and an outdoor exhibition space that features rotating installations that integrate art, society, and education. An extension of the Hatton Gallery. Located on the north side of CSU’s Visual Art building, the Arts Walk is a visible space for activating CSU’s Principles of Community, as well as educational and outreach missions.

The Mural Initiative is an extension and growth of the programming of the Clara Hatton Gallery and wants to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the tradition of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

Galanin holds a BFA from London Guildhall University in Jewelry Design and an MFA in Indigenous Visual Arts from Massey University in New Zealand, prior to which he apprenticed with master carvers and jewelers in his community. He is represented by Peter Blum Gallery in New York and his music is released by Sub Pop Records in Seattle. Galanin lives and works with his family on Lingít Aani, Sitka, Alaska.

Sponsored by the Scott Artist Series, Department of Art & Art History, Native American Cultural Center, and the Lory Student Center’s Duhesa Gallery.