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American Indian artist Bunky Echo-Hawk to vist UNC Pembroke April 19

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Bunky Echo-Hawk
Bunky Echo-Hawk

American Indian artist Bunky Echo-Hawk will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Thursday, April 19.

The campus and community are invited to a discussion on social justice and a dialogue on art and the community.

The social justice event will be held from 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, located in room 129 of Old Main.

There will be a senior art exhibition and portfolio reviews from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Art Department.

A dialogue between Echo-Hawk and the community on art is at 5 p.m. in the Entrepreneurship Incubator, located at 202 Main Street in downtown Pembroke.

The dialogue will feature the creation of live work by Echo-Hawk based on dialogue on socially relevant topics between Echo-Hawk and the audience.

He will then guide the audience through conceptualizing the painting, which he creates during the discussion, while participants continue to contribute their ideas, opinions and personal testimony.

Echo-Hawk is a multi-talented artist whose work spans both media and lifestyle. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer and a non-profit professional. He is a traditional singer and dancer of the Pawnee Nation and an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation.

Throughout his career, he has merged traditional values with his lifestyle and art. He has exhibited in major exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including in NYC, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, and Frankfurt, Germany, to name a few.

His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies, and his plays have been performed and produced across the nation. Nike signed Echo-Hawk in 2010, to design for the Nike N7 line.

In 2006, Echo-Hawk co-founded NVision, serving as executive director until 2009. NVision is a nonprofit collective of Native American artists, musicians, community organizers, and nonprofit professionals who focus on Native American youth empowerment through multimedia arts.

Echo-Hawk is the 2012 Eiteljorg Museum Artist in Residence. In 2008, the First Peoples Fund named him a Business in Leadership Fellow. He was also nominated for the United States Artist Fellowship in 2008 and received the 2008 Boulder County Multicultural Award.

Echo-Hawk lives and works in Pawnee, Oklahoma. To learn more about this artist, his projects and work, please visit the Official Bunky Echo-Hawk Facebook Fan Page, follow his music at www.reverbnation.com/bunkhauswax, and www.soundcloud.com/bunkhauswax .