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This area includes unique Native made hand crafted items from our Gift Shop. Sharing this space are various artists and displays with a unique approach to sharing cultural expression.

Currently in the 1st Floor Gallery:

  • “Wall of Honor”: A Tribute to Native Veterans More Information
    As part of TAG’s permanent “Wall of Honor” exhibit, there is an entire wall dedicated to Native American veterans that shows off their pictures and, when available, the tribe they belong to and where they have served.
  • The Women’s Memorial Tribute More Information
    Organized by R.G. Leland, this tribute to women in the military displays the names and faces of the women of all cultures who have died in service post 9/11. This piece is a breakout from a much larger project, “A Touching Tribute – The Long War Memorial”. Click here to watch a video about the tribute on Facebook.
  • “Veterans on the Ice”: Partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks More Information
    Another section of the exhibit is dedicated to photographs from the “Veterans on Ice” events hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks. At this event, Native and Non-Native veterans were honored at the beginning of the games for their service, and as a way to honor the Native history behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ name. Click here to see a video about “Veterans on the Ice”. Click here to see more information on our partnership with the Blackhawks.
  • Art from Native Veterans More Information
    The walls of this gallery contain a collection of art that Native veterans have produced and is the first exhibit visitors enter.  Trickster Art Gallery has a permanent collection of art from its own resident artist and veteran, Joe Yazzie, along with the art of other visiting veterans from WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, and beyond. View art for sale from veteran artists like Joe Yazzie, Robert Wapahi, Jimmy “Two Dogs” Coplin, and more.
  • Buffalo Hide More Information

    This hide is stretched on a wooden frame much like it would have been traditionally. The buffalo were very important to the plains Indians, as they provided materials for food, clothing, and shelter. Teepees were often made from sewn together buffalo hides.

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Experience both local and national artists ranging anywhere from muralists to local youth exhibits.

Currently in the West Gallery:

  • Native Veterans Exhibit: Highlights of the National GatheringMore Information

    In honor of Veterans Day in November as well as Native Heritage month, Trickster has a special exhibit on display on Native veterans of all eras. This exhibit features portraits of veterans, artifacts relating to veterans, and other memorabilia relating to the National Gathering.

  • Native American Culture and History ExhibitMore Information

    In this permanent exhibit we have several Native American artifacts and primary sources to give students a first-hand experience of the American Indian culture. There is a Plains Indian-style handmade teepee where visitors can go inside and imagine how the Plains Indians lived. There is a hands-on exhibit of real Native American artifacts, including a Native drum and some dance regalia still used today in modern tribal ceremonies. Visitors can try their hand at playing a traditional drum and can learn about how such drums were, and still are, used in traditional powwows. In the center of the exhibit is a student-friendly floor map of the United States (25’ x 25’) labeling the traditional lands of the North American tribes, giving visitors an opportunity to visualize where all of the tribes were situated linguistically as they walk across the United States. Finally, there are future plans for adding a longhouse from the Midwestern tribes with informational posters to the exhibit to illustrate the other types of Native dwellings to compare with the teepee popularized by Hollywood. Included in the tour upon teacher’s request are arts and crafts activities and, weather permitting, a tour of our medicinal garden that contains plants indigenous to the Illinois area.

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This main and featured gallery space is used to host national artists, world music concerts, and also provides amazing space for professional development training and other special events, meeting out mission and values.

Currently in the 2nd Floor Gallery:

  • Native POP! More Information

    Native Pop is a travelling exhibition of a collective of Native American pop artists. The exhibition is meant to show that not only are Native Americans still around and relevant, but that they are capable of producing quality contemporary art that is provocative and intelligent. By offering fresh, contemporary Native perspectives, the collective works to dispel stereotypes attached to indigenous art, primarily the conflation of all Indian art as Southwestern art and the notion that it consists solely of traditional crafts. Rather, Native Pop is re-appropriating indigenous imagery that has been distorted by the mainstream Western culture while presenting such imagery through a distinctly Western artistic style.

    In this way, these artists craft their own identity consisting of an interchange and syncretism between Native and non-Native contemporary American culture. Native Pop is also a form of art activism, providing a platform for Native Americans to comment on the social justice issues facing them today. Overall, the show is meant to stimulate thought on the way native art is perceived, primarily to change the notion that native art and culture is static and unchanging, and, rather, to show that the artistic expression of native culture, like all cultures, is fluid and variable.

    Founded two years ago primarily by Brent Learned (Cheyenne/Arapahoe) and Joe Hopkins (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), the collective features some of the best pop artists in Native circles, several of which have previously been featured at Trickster before, including Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), George Curtis Levi (Cheyenne), and Oneka M. Jones (Temock Tribe of Western Shoshone/Northern Paitue). Other notable Native pop artists that have been included in the show in the past include Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Joshua Garrett (Seminole/Creek/Kiowa), J. NiCole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa), and Mallory Thomas (Osage, Cherokee, Crow, Blackfoot).

  • “My Calling is Culture Collection” by Tessa Sayers More Information

    womensstoleTessa Sayers is an Anishinaabe artist, poet, holistic health devotee, and historical enthusiast. Fueled by her personal struggle with anxiety and autoimmune disease, she uses art as personal healing to the soul. Every piece is imbedded with rich storytelling that makes each design a true representation of the human experience. Through her brand Soul Curiosity, Tessa hopes Inspire people to cultivate their own healing of compassion, courage, and self love through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual elements of the medicine wheel. You can learn more about her and Soul Curiosity at www.soulcuriositydesigns.com. You can find a piece of this artist’s work for sale here.

    Her “My Calling is Culture Collection” is inspired by her love for family, vintage fashion, and blending of cultures. Although being Anishinaabe, Tessa grew up on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. Her grandparents relocated from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana to Washington during WWII. Although Tessa’s main artistic identity honors her Anishinaabe heritage, Tessa is dedicating this collection to the blending of two indigenous cultures. In the 70’s both her grandmother and father studied with local Northwest Coastal artists as they developed their unique artistic style while honoring traditional coastal design esthetics. To honor this while blending her own design elements, Tessa kept original feattures when possible and added Anishinaabe detailing to compliment their work.

Experience the outdoor public art currently around the Trickster Art Gallery.

Current Public Art:

  • “Heart of the Basket Maker” More Information

    This statue is by Cliff Fragua. “Most indigenous cultures in the Americas have developed skills in the art of basketry. This sculpture honors the skills and people who developed that art. The star motifs represented on the tablita, or headpeice, are symbols from many different cultures representing their connection to the universe. The sculpture was cast in silicon bronze using the time-honored lost wax process.”

  • “Splash” More Information

    ‘Splash’ is among the most vibrant of the many cultural landmarks populating Schaumburg. The monumental polychromed steel sculpture was created by Chicago native Jerry Peart, whose colorful sculptures can be found in many prominent Chicago area locations.”

  • “Since Ever Since” More Information

    This statue, residing currently on the porch of Trickster Art Gallery, is by artist Lawrence Santiago.

Gallery Floorplan

Floor Plan First Floor

Floor Plan Second Floor

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