Join us for a special Open Studio for Teens workshop with artist Natalie Ball, whose sculptural assemblages are featured in the exhibition, bilwi naats Ga’niipci. In this hands-on experience, teens will have the opportunity to create sculptural works exploring their own identities and cultural backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from Ball’s symbolic use of found objects and their personal connections to the artist, teens will be encouraged to incorporate their stories and memories into their work. Participants will be able to share their reflections and insights gained during the workshop in a discussion with the artist.
Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc, and Klamath) is a multidisciplinary installation artist who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, Oregon. Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Ball has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Indigenous, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) at Massey University where she obtained her Master’s degree in Māori Visual Arts with a focus on Indigenous contemporary art. In 2010, she relocated to her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon/Northern California to raise her three children. In 2018, Natalie earned her MFA in Painting & Printmaking at the Yale School of Art. She is the recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship 2023, Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2023, Potlatch Fund Resiliency Fund Grant 2022, NIA TERO Foundation’s PNW Art Fellowship 2021, Ford Family Foundation’s Hallie Ford Foundation Fellow 2020, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant 2020, The Cooper Union School of Art’s Ida Applebroog Grant 2020, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2019, Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award 2018, and Art Matters Foundation’s Art Matters Fellowship 2018. Ball is now serving her first term as an elected official on the Klamath Tribes Tribal Council.
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