The essential issues I work toward resolving are indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition. Throughout my analysis of American history and post-colonialism thinking that influence my work, I constantly question and disrupt social norms, popular culture references and historic narratives in relation to indigenous people. By looking towards the past, I’m able to trace the source of issues that plague Native American communities today, and work towards creating an awareness of histories and interactions between contemporary America and a seemingly distant culture. Much of these question arise inherently by living in the environment that many indigenous people face; growing up on a reservation, omissions of relevant history in education, and subtle cultural influences.

A major theme of my work is indigenous mythology. The stories that influence my imagery serve as a method of looking into the minds of my ancestors and getting a glimpse of their views and values. These images provide an alternative to the testimony of western histories and religions. While preserving cultural identity in these stories, I am also able to defend the land we all occupy, giving it spiritual recognition and presenting our environment in an importance that is not so different than ourselves. On the most fundamental level, myths explained the uncertainties of nature and the chaos that controls our lives. While science has resolved many of our curiosities about natural phenomenon, the question of identity still remains unsolved. In an environment that seems so eager to move past conflicts of race and such far-away histories, myth grants a sense of community and place in the universe.

Using digital photography, I create images that reference the most common depict of indigenous people, the cinema. Utilizing its ability to charm and influence the viewer through curiosity and pleasing lighting, I attempt to create conversations about uncomfortable themes of post-colonialism in a Hollywood film style.

Bio

I am an artist and photographer born and raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, NY. I received my B.A. in Studio Art from Stony Brook University and earned and MFA from Pennsylvania State University. I most recently received the Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth to pursue a landscape photography survey of local landscapes significant to indigenous history and presence from ten thousand years ago to present.

What Now?

Living and working in Southampton, New York on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

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Resume / CV

Jeremy Dennis

1990          Born in Southampton, New York

Education

2016          MFA, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2013          BA in Studio Art, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY

Solo Exhibitions

2018          Nothing Happened Here, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY

2017          East Hampton Indigenous, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

Indigenous People of Suffolk County, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY

On This Site, Contemporary Art Gallery at the Shinnecock Cultural Center and Museum, Southampton, NY

2016          Pauppukkeewis, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2012          Dreams, Tabler Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

Group Exhibitions

2018          Trees Also Speak, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, NY

2017          Honoring Mother Earth, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Cultural Center, Mashantucket, CT

Aazhooman, Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, MN

Race, Love, and Labor, Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Open Studios, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (AIR) Program, Woodstock, NY

Creative Nation II, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Of Memory, Bone & Myth, University of ND, Grand Forks, ND

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc Spring Festival, Chicago, IL

Southampton Scenes III, Southampton, NY

2016          SWING State, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

What Keeps You Up at Night? SPE MCC Portfolio, San Francisco, CA

It Must Have Been Love, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

Truth and Reconciliation in Concert, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Tradition & Innovation, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

     Odd Couples, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

     Broad Horizons, Hump Day Gallery, State College, PA

     The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Enrichment Program, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY

2015          Instinct: Why did you make that? The Parliament Gallery, York, PA

     New Directions, Fraser Street Gallery, State College, PA      

     Why Are You Here? Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

     Graduate Research Exhibition, Hub Gallery, State College, PA

     Lucid Dreams, Fraser Street Gallery, State College, PA

     First Year MFA Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2014          Intertribal Arts and Cultural Showcase, Lyceum Gallery, Riverhead, NY

     ECNU Resilience, East China Normal University Gallery, Shanghai, China

Publications

2018          Nothing Happened Here, Jeremy Dennis, Suffolk County Community College, Exhibition Catalog

2017        Dennis, Jeremy. On This Site, Blurb Inc.

2015          Dennis, Jeremy. Behind the Dance, Indigenous Portraits, Blurb Inc.

2012          Dennis, Jeremy. Dreams, Blurb Inc.

Bibliography

2017          Fiona Cashell, Landscape, “Memory and Myth: An Interview with Native American Artist, Jeremy Dennis,”
Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal, 2017
http://sahjournal.com/index.php/sah/article/view/118

Mark Segal, “Jeremy Dennis: Illuminating Indigenous Mythology,” The East Hampton Star, October 25, 2017
http://easthamptonstar.com/Arts/3/Jeremy-Dennis-Illuminating-Indigenous-Mythology

Residencies

2017          Peconic Landing, Greenport, NY

Watermill Center, Watermill, NY

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

2016          Saltonstall Artist Residency, Ithaca, NY

Mohegan Field School, Connecticut College, CT

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Honors & Awards

2018          40 Under 40 – Stony Brook University, Tribeca Rooftop, NY

2017          Parrish Art Museum – Featured Panelist for; Art, Community, and Collaboration: An East End Discussion and                                       Honorarium

2016          Speaker Honorarium at First Native American Heritage Awareness Program, Stony Brook University, NY

Harpo Foundation Native American Residency Fellowship

SPEMA Student Travel Grant, 2016 SPE National Conference, Las Vegas NV

Running Strong for American Indian Youth, cofounded by Billy Mills, Dreamstarter Award

2015          69th Annual Shinnecock Powwow Program Cover, Southampton NY

2013          Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Purchase Award, Stony Brook University, NY

2008          Native American People Scholarship, Stony Brook University, NY

 

Collections

CHROMA

New York State Museum

Graeme Sullivan

Aaron Ziolkowski

Talkhouse Music Hall

Center for Photography at Woodstock