Wendy Red Star, Yakima Parfleche Station Wagon (detail), 2014. © Wendy Red Star

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence

North Building, Level 3

Artist Wendy Red Star will be in residence on level 3 of the North Building, investigating and studying the American Indian collection.


During her five month residency, Red Star will hold open studio hours for visitors to drop by and watch her work, ask questions, and see her work evolve.

  • December 2-3: 11 am–2 pm
  • December 21-23: 11 am–2 pm
  • February 25-26: 11 am–2 pm
  • March 18 and March 22-23: 11 am–2 pm
  • March 24: 2 pm Wendy Red Star will interview her 9-year-old daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, about Beatrice’s new photo series Everyday Indian.


In December, visitors will also have a chance to tour the museum with Red Star and her 9-year-old daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher.

  • December 27-29: 1:30–2 pm


Red Star will also be at Untitled Final Friday on February 24.

Image (top): Wendy Red Star, Yakima Parfleche Station Wagon (detail), 2014. © Wendy Red Star

About the Program

About the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Program

This program showcases and celebrates the work of contemporary native artists, highlighting the ongoing creativity and artistic diversity of the American Indian community with an aim towards engaging museum visitors through each artist’s creative processes. The program kicked off in 2012 with sculptor, painter, and printmaker Melanie Yazzie, and has gone on to host many established and up-and-coming artists working across media.

Previous Residencies

Previous Native Arts Artists-in-Residence

  • Melanie Yazzie: 6/2/12-7/29/12
  • Walt Pourier: 12/1/12-3/10/13
  • Will Wilson: 3/23/13-3/31/13
  • Marie Watt: 5/19/13-10/27/13
  • Linda Aguilar: 11/19/13-2/2/14
  • Rose Simpson: 2/25/14-4/27/14
  • Jeffrey Gibson: 7/19/14-10/26/14
  • Kevin Pourier: 1/20/15-3/15/15
  • Postcommodity: 3/20/15-5/25/15
  • Tom Haukaas: 6/6/15-9/27/15
  • Gregg Deal: 10/24/15-1/31/16
  • Jan Jacobs: 2/13/16-5/15/16

Powwow Regalia Studio, Summer 2016

  • Mary Young Bear, Men’s Woodland Style Dance: 6/9–6/19/2016
  • Alistair Bane, Men’s Straight Dance: 7/7–7/17/2016
  • Verla Howell, Men’s Fancy Feather Dance: 7/21–7/31 and 8/4–8/7/2016
  • Alistair Bane, Men’s Straight Dance: 8/11–8/14/2016
  • Andy Cozad, Gourd Dance: 9/1–9/4 and 9/15–9/18/2016

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs

Upcoming Residency

Action X Community X Togetherness

Gregg Deal, Walt Pourier, Melanie Yazzie

May 6–September 10, 2017

Former Native Arts Artists-in-Residence Melanie Yazzie, Gregg Deal, and Walt Pourier are returning to the museum for a one-of-a-kind collaborative project called Action X Community X Togetherness.

For the artists, the alumni residency offers a unique opportunity for cocreating. Though they work with their own unique mediums and styles, the trio was quick to find a central theme for this residency: art as a call to action and a catalyst for change.

Their exploration of this theme will drive a variety of joint projects including talks, tours, and workshops at Untitled Final Fridays (May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25), demonstrations at Free First Saturdays (May 6, June 3, July 1), and hands-on artmaking at the Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration (September 9).