Archive | January, 2012

Meet the Artistic Architect behind the Bikes!

23 Jan

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the New Changing Exhibit “Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag: Native Kids Ride Bikes” on Sat., Jan. 28, 2012.  Here’s an insider look at the artistic architect behind the exhibit!


 DYLAN AT MINER is a border-crossing Métis with roots in the historic aboriginal communities of Slave Lake, Alberta; Red River, Manitoba; Drummond Island, Michigan; and Penetanguishene, Ontario. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Grant from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian). This year he will hang solo exhibitions at Urban Shaman Gallery in Canada, University of Notre Dame, Alma College, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, and Fort Lewis College, a university that once served as an Indian boarding school. Next year, he will travel to Norway to exhibit and work with the Sami people, as well as exhibit in Chicago.

Prof. Miner holds a PhD in the history of art from The University of New Mexico, USA. He has published extensively and lectured globally on contemporary Native art and Indigenous sovereignty, including two forthcoming books from University of Arizona Pressand IB Tauris. To date, he has published more than forty journal articles, book chapters, review essays, and encyclopedia entries. As a professor, he has lead Indigenous-centered courses in the Great Lakes, US Southwest, California, and Mexico. Currently, Prof. Miner coordinates the Michigan Native Arts Initiative, is a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, and a curator at the MSU Museum. He divides his times between Anishinaabewaki and Aztlán. He lives with his wife and two daughters.

His artwork can be viewed at or

Source:  Prof. Dylan AT Miner–Nkwejong, Anishnaabewaki (Lansing, Michigan)

Native Kids Ride Bikes will be on display at the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., from Jan. 28-July 28, 2012, and is complimentary with admission to the Diba Jimooyung (Telling Our Story) permanent exhibit. 

Visit the Changing Exhibit page on our blog to learn more about the “Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag: Native Kids Ride Bikes” exhibition.