Native American artist featured among Hamilton College events


CLINTON — The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College will host Jeffrey Gibson: This is the Day now through Dec. 9.

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day features more than 50 works of sculpture, painting, installation, and video made between 2014 and 2018.

Gibson’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, embroidery, beaded works, stained glass, and video. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. This unique combination of influences play a central role throughout Gibson’s work, which largely focuses on themes of identity, cultural perceptions, and the artist’s own personal history.

New works in the exhibition include a group of five elaborately adorned helmets, presented to the public for the first time at the Wellin, and a series of seven large-scale sculptural garments, draped on teepee poles, that hang from the gallery ceiling. A new film, commissioned from Gibson by the Wellin, debuts in this exhibition. 

The exhibition also includes a suite of ceramic assemblages comprising found and sculpted ceramic elements, beaded panels, tapestries, weavings, and abstract geometric paintings, all created in 2017-18.

Also on view is Like A Hammer, Gibson’s multi-media installation commissioned for the 2016 Site Santa Fe Biennial. Earlier pieces such as robes, bags, and a sculptural figure from 2014-16, and a series of smaller ceramic forms inspired by historic Mississippian head pots from 2015-16, are also featured in the exhibition.

Other Hamilton College Public Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

7:30 p.m.  Jazz Kick-off concert. “Doc” Woods presents Just Two Suite, an evening of new charts with the area’s best jazz musicians and guest artist Jakubu Griffin on drums. Café Opus, outside Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.

Saturday, Sept. 15

7:30 p.m.   St. Lawrence String Quartet. The program includes Haydn’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3, Berg’s String Quartet, Op. 3, and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, Op. 30. Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. For ticket information, visit campuslife/arts-at-hamilton/performingarts or call the Wellin Hall box office at 315-859-4331. $20 adults/$15 senior citizens/$5 students.


Permanent Collection Highlights: Art and Artifacts

The Wellin Museum’s open storage evokes a modern-day cabinet of curiosities, with objects representing a wide range of media, time periods, and disciplines of study. The floor-to-ceiling glass cases in the museum’s Archive Hall feature highlights from the teaching collection as well as works on loan. Among the objects on view are Greek and Roman antiquities, art of the ancient Americas, and Native American pottery and rattles.

Museum Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

For more information on parking and wheelchair accessibility, contact the Wellin Museum of Art at 315-859-4396, or visit


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