Four generations celebrate The George Morrison Center for Indigenous Arts
The George Morrison Center for Indigenous Arts is a collaborative space and collective, located at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, that brings together Native artists from across the creative arts spectrum—from visual arts to music and literature.
On February 2nd and 3rd, the Center welcomed the community in for two days of special events, including the opening of a traveling art exhibition called “Dreaming our Futures.” WTIP was there, and spoke to four generations of the Morrison and Belvo family, about the legacy of George Morrison and the significance of this historic moment.
We hear from “Dreaming our Futures” co-curator and visionary behind the new Center, Dr. Brenda Child. We also hear directly from George’s son Briand Morrison and his partner Roxann Berglund, Briand’s daughter Elizabeth and her husband Brandon Deschampe Morrison, Briand’s mother Hazel Belvo and her partner Marcia Cushmore and George’s great-granddaughters Maya and Myenna. (Family is pictured, above)
Prof. Brenda Child shared how the work of George Morrison, Oscar Howe and Patrick DesJarlait influenced the next two generations of contemporary, modern Native artists, including many of the 29 artists in the exhibition.
According to Hazel Belvo, artist and professor of art, (and Briand Morrison’s mother), Frank Big Bear and Jim Denomie were George’s close friends. Both artists are represented by works in the exhibit.
With thanks to Howard Oransky, co-curator of “Dreaming our Futures” and director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, and Roxann Berglund, who shared images from the gallery opening to accompany this story.
Arts and culture reporting on WTIP is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Blandin Foundation.