Native American Artist Visits Miller South

Native American Artist Visits Miller South
Posted on 10/09/2018

Peter Jones 
Peter Jones, Native American ceramic
artist, talks to the visual art students
at an assembly in the auditorium. His
work is pictured in the background.

Dave Lieberth
Dave Lieberth, Akron Historian,
introduces Peter Jones at the assembly.

Ali Rich
Left to right: Nick Michael, Ella Jullien, Raina Smith, Mrs. Rich (art teacher,) Peter Jones, and Peter's son, Michael Jones.

Native American artist, Peter Jones, visited Miller South on September 28th, for an assembly with all of the visual art students. Jones, a member of the Onondaga tribe, has been a ceramic artist for over 50 years, and resides and works on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation near Versailles, New York.

In February, 2018, Jones received the First Peoples Fund's "Community Spirit Award," for being an exceptional artist who has shown a lifetime commitment to perpetuating Native American art, and for restoring and passing on ancestral knowledge and traditions. 

In 1990, he became the third person to be honored with the "Excellence in Iroquois Arts" award. His works are part of various museum collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New York Museum in Albany, the Heard Museum on Phoenix, Arizona, as well as many others.

In Akron, Ohio, you can see his twin sculptures at each terminus to Akron's Portage Path which he created and placed in 2001. It is based on a Native American from the Woodland Indians, strong and athletic, who traveled light. For more information you can go here.
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