Artwork highlights American Indian cultural reawakening

Alyssa Hinton, whose show “The Awakening: Parallel Worlds” is on display at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center, will speak on campus Sept. 12.

Hinton will speak about her work at a public reception and viewing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the center.

Drawing on the symbolism found in the folklore of her Tuscarora and Osage ancestors, Hinton’s compositions address parallel themes of American Indian cultural reawakening and human kinship with the natural environment. Shaped by her diverse heritage, Hinton uses mixed media as a form of reconciliation for her own eclectic life experiences, blurring boundaries between conventional and digital mediums to create hybrid art forms. Her intricate, complex and contemporary works feature digital painting, collaged sculpture and mixed media fiber composites.

Hinton earned her B.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her M.A. in Art and Design from North Carolina State University. Hinton’s work has been exhibited throughout the country and abroad at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian inaugural First Americans Art Market in Washington, D.C., the 2005 Florence Biennale in Italy and “Relations: Indigenous Dialogue” at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

This exhibition will end Dec. 6, 2013, and is hosted by the UNC American Indian Center, American Indian Studies, the Department of American Studies and UNC Global.

The center, at 301 Pittsboro Street, is at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets. Parking may be available in the garage under the building weekdays after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. Building hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on football game weekends.

 Published September 5, 2013.