September 2, 2015

“Native Impressions”: a New Project by Visual Arts Lecturer Daniel Heyman

Artwork: "Denise Lajimodiere," reduction woodblock, 2015, Daniel Heyman

Artwork: “Denise Lajimodiere,” reduction woodblock, 2015, Daniel Heyman

“In Our Own Words: Native Impressions”

Grand Forks, ND: Sundog Multiples at the University of North Dakota would like to announce a special project: “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions,” a collaborative project looking at the lives of contemporary American Indian people in North Dakota.

Four North Dakota tribal colleges hosted visits from Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts Lecturer Daniel Heyman and UND art faculty Kim Fink and Lucy Ganje. During these visits, they spoke with 12 tribal members and created their portraits.

The likenesses, as well as the accompanying text-based images are being printed through this Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2015) at UND’s Art & Design Department’s print shop.

One participating tribal member from Turtle Mountain recently wrote, “ This is so overwhelming, the work in this process is extraordinary. What a labor of love and care and dedication and vision.”

“Native Impressions: In Our Own Words,” is a portfolio of 26 prints, and will contain of 12 reduction woodblock prints and 14 letterpress prints. 

Sundogs Multiples intends to exhibit this portfolio regionally and nationally, including a first outing scheduled for December at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

The Artists

Daniel Heyman is a nationally-known artist who teaches at Princeton University and is in residence at UND through this Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Master Printer Kim Fink is a professor of art/printmaking and director of Sundog Multiples at the University of North Dakota.

Lucy Ganje is an award-winning graphic designer and professor of art/graphic design at UND.

This project is funded through a Summer Faculty Research Grant from Princeton University, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota, the Myers Foundations, and UND’s Department of Art and Design. The artists are in the process of raising additional money to complete the project through  (search “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions”).


For more information contact Daniel Heyman at 215-913-9663 or or Lucy Ganje at 701.741.7441 or 701.777.2670 or

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