“Adjusting Expectations” by artist Robert Martinez

Coming to Trickster mid-spring 2018

Robert Martinez was born in Wyoming amidst the Wind River Reservation in the small city of Riverton. He grew up a part of many different cultures, as his lineage is Spanish, Mexican, Scotts Irish, French Canadian and Northern Arapaho. As he was brought up in the center of the reservation, his native heritage remains a constant inspiration and source of ideas for his work.

Living among the hard working people of the West and experiencing their issues also deeply influences his creations. The past and present often resonate strongly in Wyoming and those historical and contemporary chords echo throughout his work. Much of Robert’s current work uses the historical imagery, myths and stories of the West & Arapaho Culture combined with modern themes to create images that have a statement on the issues of today. Using intense vibrant color and contrasting shades of light and dark, he paints and draws striking imagery that is confronting and engages the viewer.

His paintings and drawings have been shown across the Nation and have garnered noted acclaim. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Red Cloud Heritage Museum, The Rock Springs Fine Art Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in our Nations Armed Forces”

Coming to Trickster July, 2018

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.

The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Visit the National Native American Veterans Memorial website for more information.

Produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. You can visit the official exhibit website here.