Native Skywatchers–Earth Sky Connections weaves together art, science & culture in a way that will inspire learners to create art in relation to the stars & earth. Participatory art workshops offered in northern & central MN.
Native Skywatchers Facilitators:
- Annette S. Lee
- William Wilson
- Jeff Tibbetts
- Anne Meyer
Annette Lee is mixed-race Dakota-Sioux who is an astrophysicist and artist who leads the Native Skywatchers research project, which seeks out and celebrates indigenous peoples’ connection to the stars. Recently she painted/co-painted two native star maps: Ojibwe Giizhig Anung Massingaagan and D(L)akota Wichanpi Wowapi Makoce. Annette previously taught art at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, was a teaching artist for a Central MN Arts Board grant and holds a MFA from Yale. Currently Annette is an Associate Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Director of Native Skywatchers and the SCSU Planetarium.
William Wilson is an Ojibwe artist who paints brightly colored, traditionally inspired, Ojibwe style X-raypaintings. His artwork is motivated by his close connection to culture and dreams. William taught for several years at an Ojibwe Culture immersion school in Wisconsin. Currently William is a culture and language consultant for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College and a teaching artist for a Central MN Arts Board grant.
Jeff Tibbetts is an Ojibwe artist enrolled with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Jeff’s work isinspired by his close connection to Ojibwe Culture. His sculptures often includes Ojibwe Animal Clans and their connection to the Ojibwe people. Holds a Master’s degree in Education- Ojibwe Language and Culture and has been practicing art for the past 20 years. Jeff has been a teaching artist at the Ojibwe Tribal School and at a local Cloquet school.
Anne Meyer is a St. Joseph, MN native who became devoted to clay after apprenticing under Richard Bresnahan at the St John’s Pottery. Since then her artwork has included much wood-fired figurative sculpture and intricately carved sgraffito pottery. She has also found numerous ways to explore her love of teaching in the last ten years. She has given many demonstrations and lectures at midwest colleges, taught many community-ed classes to youth and adults, and done residencies in schools for several years. Her tools as a teacher grew significantly by working with the Perpich Center for Arts residencies in schools for several years. Her tools as a teacher grew significantly by working with the Perpich Center for Arts Education in an ASAP project grant from 2010-2012.