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Meet Kiowa Artists: Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves (Department of American Studies Caldwell Family Artists in Residence)

April 8 - April 12

Dear Colleagues,

Kiowa artists Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves will be the Department of American Studies’s next Caldwell Family Artists in Residence, spending the week of April 8-12, 2024, at UNC. We look forward to arranging for them to visit your classes, and we hope you will attend public events and encourage your students to do so.

Our late and dearly missed colleague, Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote (Kiowa), spoke to Ataumbi and Greeves about a residency several years ago. The culmination of their visit will be an event at the Ackland Art Museum in Jenny’s honor on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 pm. Dr. Jami Powell, UNC Anthropology PhD, scholar (like Jenny) of Plains Ledger Art, and Curator of Indigenous Art at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum will converse with the artists about their work in the developing trajectory of American Indian Art.

Greeves is a beadworker, Ataumbi a metalworker. (Lily Gladstone, actress in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” wears Ataumbi’s jewelry.) Please check their websites, linked below, to get a sense of their work. Both are teachers and scholars, well-prepared to address the history and current directions of Native American Art, as well as to talk about their own artistic process and to offer constructive feedback to student artists.

Keri Ataumbi


Teri Greeves

Jami Powell

Their visit coincides with an exhibit at the Ackland, Past Forward: Native American Art from Gilcrease Museum. The work of both artists will also be on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art this Spring in the exhibit, To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art. Greeves co-curated the recent major exhibit of Native women’s art, Hearts of our People.

Past Forward Exhibit at the Ackland

Past Forward: Native American Art from Gilcrease Museum

NCMA exhibit

To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art

To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art

March 2–July 28

Hearts of Our People

A generous gift from the Caldwell Family Fund allows us to bring these artists to North Carolina to enrich the experience of members of the UNC and local community. Please share this information with members of your departments or others who should know. If you would be interested in having one or both of these artists visit your class the week of April 8 – 12, meet students at the Ackland to study works in the Past Forward exhibit, or have a conversation or meal with another relevant group, or if you would like to suggest another way for your group to interact with them, please get in touch with me. For class visits, please give me an idea of the issues you would like them to address. I will convey these requests to Ataumbi and Greeves and arrange for them to speak with professors in advance.


April 8
April 12


Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves