Sweet Grass County High School students had the opportunity to view an Art Exhibit at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman. Kimberli McCullough’s Fashion and Design class along with Cindy Messer-Epperson’s Leather, Woodworking and Multimedia class attended on January 28th. It was fortunate experience to be able to attend due to the pandemic.
The Art Exhibit, “We Are Still Here and This is Our Story”, was a group exhibit that honors and advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous people. The exhibit featured 11 Native women artists featuring contemporary art, beadwork and fashion design. There are currently 243 people documented as missing or murdered in Montana, the highest in the United States. Through this exhibit, information about MMIP was presented and raised awareness in our local community and worldwide. Please watch the youtube link to learn more about the artist’s work and stories.
Hi I’m Ellisa Bowden and I’m taking fashion design with Mrs. McCullough. I have always loved fashion & getting to go to this gallery was so beautiful & inspiring! This piece was inspired by the Crow reservation. I was so amazed and heartbroken at the stories and meaning behind the designs and colors. I am so excited to take fashion and use it to express issues that are so significant the same way the artists we got to admire did. For example, the graduation cap and gown were beautiful but carried such a heavy and heartbreaking story. The field trip & interview with the artists that we got to watch were overall a very impactful experience that I will never forget & always be inspired by.
My name is Airanna Rodriguez and I’m taking Fashion Design with Mrs.McCullough. Being able to go to the Emerson center and learn about the MMIW was a great experience. I also loved being able to watch a video with all of the artists and hear what they had to say about their pieces. All of the art and clothing was absolutely amazing and I would love to see more from each artist. Going to this art gallery really moved me and I made my art in support of this movement.
I am Rainy Carroccia and I am taking Fashion Design. When we went to the Emerson Art Gallery, I was absolutely in awe of the pieces that were on display there. There are so many talented artists that created beautiful designs to raise awareness for MMIW. In the video that was done we learned more about the artists and their reasons behind the designs they chose and the thought they put into them. One lady had made this beautiful graduation cap for her niece who went missing her senior year of high school, that one really touched my heart. Another girl made this beautiful artwork out of beads and she incorporated into it ideas about the call for their missing sisters, how they aren’t coming home, the devastation and many more elements. It’s such a sad thing but these women are incredible in both their talent and their passion and dedication to reasoning awareness for this terrible occurrence.
I’m Kaitlynn Hahn and I’m taking fashion design with Mrs. McCullough. Going to the Emerson Art Center was an amazing experience. We are very lucky to have gone especially in these times. I learned so much from going. There is so little that we know about what is going on with MMIP and MMIW. After seeing the pieces that were displayed and hearing the artists talk about them you could see the emotional connection they each had with this ongoing problem. This was such an amazing and unique way to bring awareness to MMIP and MMIW.