May Gallery

Sketch for My Ewaa Ah

My Ewaa Ah

Johnny Bear Contreras’s Sculpture and Kumeyaay Works from the May Collection


On View:

22 September 2017 - 18 May 2018
David W. May American Indian Gallery

In 2016, local artist Johnny Bear Contreras received a commission from USD to create a public artwork for the Kumeyaay Garden that borders the North east edge of campus. This exhibition explores the artist's proposal through sketches past creations, as well as by pairing his work with examples of Kumeyaay basketry and ceramics from the May Collection. 

Image at Top: Johnny Bear Contreras, Sketch for My Ewaa Ah, 2016

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday
1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Related Events

May Distinguished Lecture Series:
Johnny Bear Contreras

Thursday, 12 April
5:00 - 7:00pm
David W. May American Indian Gallery

The May Distinguished Lecture Series presents artist Johnny Bear Contreras as its 2018 speaker. In 2016, local artist Johnny Bear Contreras received a commission from USD to create a public artwork for the Kumeyaay Garden that borders the North east edge of campus.

This was not Contreras' first public art commission; he has created works for the City of Poway, Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, Valley View Casino, and the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, Michigan. Contreras also has a multi-faceted studio arts practice, including printmaking and sculpture. Contreras's work for USD is now complete, and his prepatory sketches are exhibited in the May Gallery along with several of his other artworks.

Contreras will speak about his art practice beginning at 5 p.m., and will conclude with a public reception. The lecture will take place inside the May Gallery, and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.