Daniel Heyman


Native Impressions: In Our Own Words


“Native Impressions: In Our Own Words” is a twenty-six print portfolio project sponsored by the University of North Dakota Humanities Scholarship Initiative and Princeton University. This collaborative, interdisciplinary project combines portraits and written words to visually and verbally document the stories and lives of contemporary Native people living in North Dakota. By visiting Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain, Fort Berthold, and Standing Rock reservations, the project has the unique opportunity to view contemporary Native Americans using their own words. The exhibit consists of twelve woodcut portraits, twelve accompanying text panels and one large 38”x48” portrait and text, totaling twenty-six prints.

Actual interviews and initial work on the woodcut blocks took place during early summer, 2015. During the interview and portrait sessions, collaborator and artist Daniel Heyman painted the portraits and graphic artist Lucy Ganje interviewed the participants while taking detailed notes. It should be noted that each individual has complete approval of what is used visually.  

The project required a follow-up visit by artist Daniel Heyman, two graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design, one former University of North Dakota student from Minneapolis and faculty from the University of North Dakota Department of Art & Design to finalize the printing/editing process. Director of Sundog Multiples Kim Fink of UND's Department of Art & Design oversaw the project. The participation in this interdisciplinary initiative is an important contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Native peoples.

The success of this project is due to multiple-person, multiple institutional collaboration: Daniel Heyman is an artist from the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University, two UND faculty Lucy Ganje, Professor of Art/Graphic Design is designer for text panels, with Kim Fink, Professor of Art/Printmaking, acting as Master Printer for the project. The outcome, a collected portfolio of twelve reductive woodcuts partraits and one large-scale portrait with accompanying letterpress text, will be the first representation of Native peoples in the Dakotas. 


 Touring Schedule

          1. The Art Center                                                   October 27 - November 27, 2016
              115 2nd Street SW
              Jamestown, ND 58402

          2. University of Mary                                              January 1 - 31, 2017
              Welder Library
              7500 University Drive
              Bismarck, ND 58504

          3. Cando Art Center                                               February 6 - 28, 2017
              111 4th Avenue
              Cando, ND 58324

          4. Northwest Art Center                                         November 1 - 30, 2017
              Minot State University 
              500 University Ave W
              Minot, ND 58707