Title: Virgin of Guadalupe is the Corn Mother
Medium: Mixed media, acrylic on canvas
Size: 60" x 42"
Agard's work is a metaphor for the cosmic relationships between the sacred feminine and sacred masculine. These works are inspired by the images and cosmologies from Native American traditions of the Southeastern and Great Lakes woodlands, the Southwest, the Plains, and Meso-America. These devotional pieces are made in reverence to the earth mother, father sky, grandmother moon, corn mother, and all creative and regenerative forces of the universe.
Her recent exhibitions include: Art In General, Coast To Coast: Ancestors Known And Unknown, Boxworks, Tribeca, New York; All Over The Map: Women And Place, Plains Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota; Collective Voices, an improvisational installation of work by women, Touché Gallery, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota; Sacred Door, first one-woman show, Woodland Pattern Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Manhattan Days- Prairie Daze, Bemidji Community Arts Council, Bemidji, Minnesota; Door To Heaven, Door From Heaven, Schaefer Gallery, Gustavus Adolfus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; Art In General, Coast To Coast: Gathering Medicine, Tribeca, New York; She Is The Four Directions, Tweed Museum, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota; and Native Survival- Response To HIV / Aides, Gallery of the American Indian Community House, New York.
Agard's recent publications include: Crafts International Magazine, New York; Arts and Activities Magazine, San Diego, California; and Southeastern Native Arts Directory, Bemidji, Minnesota. Her recent Awards and Fellowships include: Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Award, Washington, DC; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington, DC; and Scholar in Residence, Phelps Stokes Institute, New York.