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Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome to First American Art Magazine

Live paint at Standing Buffalo Gallery, Norman, OK
Exciting, vibrant art is being created by Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. Native peoples are curating shows and writing new art books. More tribes are opening up their own cultural centers and museums. So how does someone keep up with these changing and developments in the Native American art world?

Introducing First American Art Magazine, a publication dedicating to covering the art of Indigenous peoples of the Americas—North and South. America Meredith (Cherokee), a working artist, is publishing this magazine because of the clear need for critical, in-depth analysis of Indigenous American art, written in a way that is accessible to the general public—to both Native and non-Native communities.

FAAM will profile artists, both established and emerging. The magazine will feature art show and art book reviews by Indigenous writers. Features will cover current issues in Native artists, new discoveries in Indigenous art history, and profiles of Native arts communities—rural and urban. We’ll also showcase graphic arts, literature, news, and editorials.

Our pilot Issue No. 0 will be published in April 2013 in print and online. Issue #1 will come out this August. Our website, www.firstamericanartmagazine.com, is up and has a calendar of events and calls for entries. Our blog will share news, opinions, and art profiles. Through print and the web, First American Art Magazine will connect different communities—bridging the gap between academia and the general public and Native and non-Native art worlds. We will provide a platform for honest, open dialogue and in-depth analysis. FAA will discuss the human condition through the lens of Indigenous art.

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