On View: April 10th – June 10th, 2023


    This commemorative art exhibition – curated by Leanna and Jean Marshall – presents artwork by the Gustafson family: Shannon, Ryan, Justine, and Jade. The exhibition honors their son and brother, Piitwewetam (Rolling Thunder), also known as the late Jesse Gustafson who traveled to the spirit world after a car accident in 2015.


    Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine is an offering from the Gustafson family to each of us. As an Anishnaabe family the act of giving is an integral part of their life. Gifts are offered out of kindness, out of love. To give is to simply offer without the expectation of receiving something in return. When we give, we are enacting a sacred law that acknowledges life. With Anishnaabe tradition, a part of the grief ceremony is gifting. This beautiful exhibition is acknowledging all of the good life, including relationships, teachings, singing, and dancing that Jesse experienced when he was here on Earth. Each piece in this exhibition will be gifted to friends and family. These gifts come from kindness, from a deep love that honors Piitwewetam.

    Co-Curated by Jean and Leanna Marshall. Organized and circulated by the
    Thunder Bay Art Gallery with support from the Ontario Arts Council.

    Opening Reception: April 13th, 2023
    Closing Reception: June 10th, 2023


    Learn more about All My Relations Arts and exhibitions and programs: allmyrelationsarts.com 



    All My Relations Arts presents the work of American Indian contemporary fine artists and hosts events showcasing the beauty and strength of art of all kinds from Indian Country. All My Relations Art's mission is to honor and strengthen relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.


    All My Relations Arts envisions a community in which:

    Both American Indian and non-Indian audiences have broad access to quality American Indian art that presents the contemporary American Indian experience in all its diversity.

    Our neighborhood, community, region, nation, and beyond experience increased visibility and value of American Indian art, and the history and presence of indigenous cultures.

    Minneapolis and the American Indian Cultural Corridor are known as an important national destinations for American Indian art and artists—and those who appreciate them.



    A partnership of All My Relations Arts/NACDI, Todd Bockley Gallery & Denomie/Wilson Family


    Image Credit: © Jim Denomie Estate and Bockley Gallery.

    Throughout his highly successful career as a visual artist, Jim Denomie was committed to encouraging younger artist to believe in themselves and their talents. Jim’s heartfelt support for emerging artists helped sustain a vibrant, dynamic and thriving arts community in the Twin Cities.


    To continue Jim’s legacy of mentoring emerging artists, we have created a Jim Denomie Memorial Scholarship fund to offer an annual award to a Native artist who best exemplifies the values Jim demonstrated in his own career: commitment to excellence; generosity of spirit; and engagement in community.


    The first award will be announced in July 2022.


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