Jul 13th 2019

Come meet the artists Chris Pappan and Debra Yepa-Pappan on Saturday, July 13th at 1pm at the Chicago Cultural Center and learn about their work.

About the artists:

Debra Yepa-Pappan is a Korean and Jemez Pueblo artist who utilizes digital imagery to share her story about being mixed race. Her earlier works consisted of traditional black and white photography and examined issues of Native American stereotypes. This path led Debra to focus more on her own identity, and, as a result, her pride in both her cultures are conveyed in her art. She points out the similarities within her two cultures by incorporating symbolic imagery found in both, while keeping a contemporary and pop art aesthetic. Debra was educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and Columbia College Chicago. Her first solo exhibition, Dual(ing) Identities, was featured at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe. Her work is in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM; the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, Aurora, IL; and most recently accessioned into the British Library Collection. Debra currently lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband, artist Chris Pappan, and their daughter Ji Hae, who is an aspiring ballet dancer.

Chris Pappan is a Chicago-based artist of Kaw, Osage, and Cheyenne River Sioux heritage. His artwork is based on American Indian ledger drawings of the mid to late 19th Century, and through use of evocative imagery and mixed media, his work has an undeniable 21st Century twist. In 2015 he presented Account Past Due: Ledger Art & Beyond at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. In 2016-19 the Field Museum of Natural History organized a show of his drawings and paintings called Drawing on Tradition: Kanza Artist Chris Pappan. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art.

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