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Rankin Scholars in Residence Series - Joy Tonepahhote

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Native women of the Great Plains are proud practitioners of beadworking–an over century-old art form founded with the introduction of glass beads by Spanish traders in the eighteenth century.  Kiowa women of the Southern Plains are especially noted for their delicate, geometric and floral designs created for the dresses, moccasins, shirts, and bags worn by men and women at powwows.  Joy Tonepahhote is a Kiowa beadwork artist whose works have been shown at the Heye Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Indian City USA Cultural Center in Anadarko, and the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 
Jan. 9 – March 17, 2023, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will be hosting “Au Tion Ma, Woman with a Good Heart: Beadworks by Joy Tonepahhote,” an exhibition of Tonepahhote’s beaded clothing and powwow regalia. The exhibition will be on continuous view in the gallery windows during this period, and the artist will be also presenting a public lecture on March 7. 
The Rankin Scholar-in-Residence Series, named in honor of former Dean Marjorie Rankin and established through the continuing donations of her friends and colleagues, seeks to bring noted individuals to campus who excel in the multidisciplinary education championed by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The goal of the Series is to inspire students, stimulate research, invigorate professional networks, and aid in the continuing development of the Drexel community.

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Pearlstein Gallery
URBN Annex Building
3401 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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