Travois First Fridays: “ME” by Nelda Schrupp

Join us Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m. for Travois First Fridays featuring “ME” by Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation)! Nelda will give an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

For Travois First Fridays, the exhibition will feature 10 artworks, to include wall hangings and jewelry.

Nelda Schrupp was born the youngest of 11 children, to Cecilia and Henry McArthur, and grew up on White Bear Indian Reservation, Carlyle, Saskatchewan. She attended various boarding schools and in her artist’s statement shares, “From a young age, I have been interested in sewing, beading, and working with my hands. When I would come back from boarding school, my mother would teach me her techniques of sewing (where I started on an old pedal Sears sewing machine), or hand stitch cloth and leather. My mother would have me work on small projects patching clothes, and as I became more proficient, I would help sew dance regalia.”

Nelda earned a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of North Dakota in 1990. She majored in art with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in jewelry and small sculpture. This exposure to metalwork enticed her to study this medium in more detail. She entered graduate school in 1993 at the University of North Dakota and received an MFA in metalsmithing, jewelry and small sculpture.

Nelda continued: “I have always been interested in working with my hands. My mother’s teachings have been very instrumental in my ability to clothe my family in hard times. I have beaded on a loom and directly on to regalia. I have been called upon numerous times to teach moccasin-making, willow-weaving and bead-working.”

We look forward to hosting Nelda Schrupp in Kansas City! Learn more on her website.

Preregister through the Travois website and receive event perks!