Native American Artist Talk: Terresa White

May 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Miller Gallery, Mark Building

The community is invited to hear Terresa White (Yu’pik), the featured speaker at the May meeting of the Museum’s Native American Art Council (NAAC).

White, a Portland artist and NAAC member, was recently recognized at the prestigious 97th Annual Santa Fe Art Market for her bronze sculpture of Sedna, a Sea Mother in Far North stories.  She will bring an original bronze sculpture to the presentation and explain her process inspired by  Yu’pik stories of transformation, accompanied by Yu’pik drumming.

The following quote from White’s website gives additional insight into the inspiration for her work in both clay and bronze:

“The faces of my masks and the gestures of my figures emerge from memories–those passed to me by ancestors and my own,” the artist writes about her works in bronze and clay. “They are shadowy and I sense them dimly until they appear, recognizable at last, through my working of clay.  My work transforms me, brings me closer to my granny’s ways of knowing and to the Alaskan village life she left as a young woman with my mother.”

Reception with light appetizers at 6 p.m., presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Non-Members are welcome to this event (voluntary donations will be appreciated).

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The Native American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum explores Native American cultures and traditional and contemporary arts through lectures and meetings with artists, collectors, and scholars.

Learn more about the Museum’s art councils.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Terresa White