OUTCROPPING – Indigenous Art Now

SAC Executive Director Tom Dunn and OUTCROPPING Curator Jeremy Dennis. RB Collaborative Photo.


(Southampton, NY… January 2022) — A celebration of contemporary Shinnecock Nation artists alongside Indigenous artists from an array of sovereign nations throughout the United States, Southampton Arts Center’s [SAC – southamptonartscenter.org] new exhibition, OUTCROPPING – Indigenous Art Now, will address Native issues locally and across the county, highlighting shared and individual triumphs and struggles. Curated by Jeremy Dennis, the exhibition is sponsored by Ingrid Arneberg. The exhibition opens on Friday, February 4. Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/outcropping.

“Working with our Indigenous community has been a critical yet natural part of our work as an arts and culture center,” shares SAC executive director Tom Dunn. “SAC has had the privilege of working with Shinnecock Nation members as artists and activists for various exhibitions and programs over the years. It is absolutely essential that we acknowledge this community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. Providing a platform for Indigenous voices from across the nation is work that we are not only honored to do, but have a responsibility to do. We hope OUTCROPPING and the history of Indigenous peoples in this country that the show represents will inspire connection and understanding.”

Jeremy Dennis, who has previously participated as an artist in exhibitions at SAC, including the STOREFRONT ART PROJECT and CLEARING THE AIR in 2021, has also collaborated on shows as a co-curator with other Indigenous artists. OUTCROPPING will be his first exhibition serving as the lead curator. Dennis has noted that at a time when museums and arts centers are re-evaluating their shows, artists, and collections, and becoming more aware in light of social movements, the space for underrepresented communities to make key decisions in the arts is growing.

“There is a lot of responsibility in making sure you represent everyone equally, faithfully, and with dignity,” Dennis shares. “It will be really interesting and unique to have these Shinnecock artists and Indigenous artists throughout the country in this shared dialogue. An interesting statistic is that in Native American communities, an average of 30% of individuals are artists. That’s a pretty large economy. For the past two years here at Shinnecock, we’ve had to cancel our Pow Wow due to Covid- 19. That’s 30% or more of our community members losing direct income. This exhibition will be an opportunity for people to show up in that Pow Wow spirit.”

Complementing and surrounding the exhibition will be talks, tours, films, workshops, and more, organized by OUTCROPPING ancillary programming curatorial associate and artist Shane Weeks of Shinnecock Nation.

National and regional exhibition artists include Pauline Leilani Badamo, Matt Ballard, Greg Ballenger, Michael Billie, Lisa Bowen, Joe Don Brave, Tecumseh Ceaser, Leeanna Chipana, Marcus Xavier Chormicle, Mona Cliff, Selena Coverdale, Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Jeremy Dennis, Kelly Dennis, Haley Greenfeather English, Jaida Grey Eagle, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Kaysha Haile, Elisa Harkins, Beth Hazen, Durrell Hunter, Alex Jacobs-Blum, Margaret Jacobs, Chaz John, Jamie R. John, Matthew Kirk, Kite, Ian Kuali’i, Jay Laxton, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ella Mahoney, David Bunn Martine, Richard Mayhew, Megan McDermott, Jenny Irene Miller, Ehren Natay, Shelley Niro, Krystyna Printup, Tricia Rainwater, Herbert Randall, Eric Roddy, Cara Romero, Denise Silva- Dennis, Skawennati, Gloria Smith, Kevin Umana, Tohanash Tarrant, Shane Weeks, and Renelle White.

SAC’s galleries will be open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM beginning Friday, February 4. Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/outcropping.

SAC continues to follow all New York State and CDC guidelines for all programs and events. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for all events in the theatre. Masks are required in the galleries and in the theatre.

Select Southampton Arts Center programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. OUTCROPPING – Indigenous Art Now opens February 4. The presenting sponsor of the exhibition is Ingrid Arneberg, with support from exclusive media partner The Southampton Press. FILM @ SAC is sponsored by Brown Harris Stevens. KIDS @ SAC is sponsored by Investors Bank. Additional support comes from Southampton Bath and Tennis Club. Financial Literacy Partner: J.P. Morgan Private Bank. General operating support is provided by Bank of America.



Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond. SAC is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, visit southamptonartscenter.org or call 631.283.0967. Follow SAC on Facebook and Instagram @southamptonartscenter. 



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