Currently in the 1st Floor Gallery:

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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.

“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.

“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

Hanging Buffalo HideThis 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.

Currently in the West Gallery:

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

Rainbow of Hope ProjectMore Information

At Trickster from June 17th – mid August

“After every storm there is a rainbow of hope.”

The ‘Rainbow of Hope’ project was created to bring awareness to baby loss to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss and to show there is hope. This exhibit will feature photography and video of interviews with different mothers sharing their experiences about their own rainbow babies.

You can learn more about the Rainbow of Hope Project, how it started, and view interviews with the participants here. You can watch news coverage of the project here.

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.

Currently in the 2nd Floor Gallery:

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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.

“Southeastern View” by Jessica Clark More Information

At Trickster until the end of August

Jessica Clark is a resident of NC and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Jessica has exhibited in numerous shows in the Southeast, and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, Savannah College of Art and Design- Lacoste, France and the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte. She is a multi-talented artist who works with oil paint, photography, mixed media, and more. See her art for sale here.

Her work concentrates on documenting, preserving and educating her viewers on Southeastern Native American identity. She was profiled in the Winter 2014 issue of First American Art Magazine, named a ‘2014 Woman to Watch’ at the Eighth Annual Conference of American Indian Women of Proud Nations, was a 2015 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholar, featured in the Winter 2015/16 issue of First American Art and is a 2016 Golden Educator Resident. She is employed by the Public Schools of Robeson County where she teaches Visual Arts and has a 15-year old son.

“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 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.

Current Public Art:

Outside Art

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

“Heart of the Basket Maker” More Information

Heart of the Basket MakerThis 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“‘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

Since Ever SinceThis 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

Featured Gallery Pictures

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