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Upcoming exhibition is dedicated to contemporary works by acclaimed American Indian artists

“James Locklear, Lumbee,” oil on canvas, 36” x 24”, 2018, a painting of the great-grandfather of artist Jessica Clark
(Fayetteville, NC) August 9, 2018 — Contemporary Art Forms By America’s First People II, an exhibition that celebrates the works of contemporary American Indian artists, opens on 4th Friday (August 24) at the Arts Center.

“This is the second time that the Arts Council will present an exhibition that features the contemporary works of America’s first people,” says Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director. “The first one – in 2016 – was so well-received, we decided to bring it back. Some of the same artists are included in the upcoming exhibition, as well as new artists.”

The works span various media, including oil paintings, pottery, textiles and baskets.

Lumbee visual artist Chevron Lowery is included in the lineup of artists whose works will be on view during Contemporary Art Forms By America’s First People II. Here is a video of the artist at work:

Other artists whose works will be featured in the exhibition include Gloria Lowery, Tabitha Jacobs-Polanco, Karina McMillan and Jessica Clark (see photo).

Contemporary Art Forms By America’s First People II will run through October 20 at the Arts Center, 301 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.

The exhibition is made possible by Sponsors: Catlett Family Dentistry, Farm Bureau Insurance/Ransom Agency, Lumbee Guaranty Bank and Wade Hardin Plumbing. Our Donors include: Harvey Godwin, Lumber River Trading Company/True Value Hardware, Kinlaw’s Supermarket, Crumpler's Automotive, Phillips Mechanical Service, Ricky Burnett, and Stedman Drug Center.

Image Caption: “James Locklear, Lumbee,” oil on canvas, 36” x 24”, 2018, a painting of the great-grandfather of artist Jessica Clark.


The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. 

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.