May Distinguished Lecturers

Beginning in 2016, University Galleries expanded its commitment to indigenous art by inaugurating an annual speaker series called the May Distinguished Lecture.  The goal was to introduce USD’s community to leading contemporary practitioners. So far, Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Johnny Bear Contreras (Kumeyaay), and Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) have delivered talks at USD in this capacity.  In addition to welcoming these leading figures to campus, and exposing our audience to their ideas, the May Collection has acquired representative examples of their work. In this way, our efforts to enlarge our holdings of important contemporary Native American art and to support the artists themselves are fulfilled. 

Artworks:

ILLUSTRATED:
Preston Singletary, Tlingit, born 1968
Box Triptych, 2014
Screenprint on on three sheets of paper
19 x 56 in. (overall)
Purchased through the John A. Peterson Print Acquisition Fund (A2016-6-1)

Matika Wilbur, Swinomish | Tulalip, born 1984
Kumu Ke’Eo, 2015
Photogravure
20 x 25 ¾ in.
Purchased with funds from the David W. May Endowment (A2016-7-1)

Matika Wilbur, Swinomish | Tulalip, born 1984
Dr. Mary for Project 562, 2015
Aquatint and photogravure
20 x 25 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the David W. May Endowment (A2018-2-2)

Three-panel image of a design for a box Preston Singletary; Image copyright of the artist
Black-and-white etching of the interior of a sweat lodge Johnny Bear Contreras; Image copyright of the artist
Matika Wilbur, Swinomish | Tulalip, born 1984
White Mountain Apache Dancers, 2016-17
Aquatint and photogravure
20 x 25 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the David W. May Endowment (A2018-2-1)

ILLUSTRATED:
Johnny Bear Contreras, Kumeyaay | San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, born 1963
Sweat Lodge, 2007
Etching on paper
8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the David W. May Endowment (2017-1-1)

Johnny Bear Contreras, Kumeyaay | San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, born 1963
The Weaver, 2007
Linocut printed in red ink on paper
13 7/8 x 15 ¾ in.
Purchased with funds from the David W. May Endowment (A2017-1-2)