Before Our Eyes' Features American Indian Art, Student Scholarship

An art history class project brings Albion College treasures to the public with "Before Our yes" Another Look at American Indian Art." The exhibit runs through February 18 in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.

The exhibition was curated by members of professor Bille Wicker's Native American Art class during the fall of 2011. Students in the class catalogued some of the College's Native American art collection and selected pieces for the exhibition based on their research. "We have a very nice collection of Native American art, much of which hadn't ever been fully appreciated," said Wickre. "The students did a tremendous amount of work adding to our knowledge about the collection. I'm very proud of them."

The exhibit includes historic and contemporary rugs, baskets, pottery, beadwork and sculpture from a variety of Native American tribes. The majority of the exhibit is from the Albion collection, with additional pieces on loan to expand the diversity of the show.

The show will culminate with a symposium, which will include guest experts on American Indian art. The highlight of the symposium will be presentations by Wickre's students, detailing their research on featured pieces of the exhibition.

The Bobbitt Visual Arts Center is open from Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The galleries are not open on Sundays, or during campus breaks or holidays. For more information, contact the Albion College Art/Art History department at 517/629-0246 or .