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File #: 54332    Version: 1 Name: Honoring the Life and Work of Truman Tennis Lowe (Wakajahųkga).
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/7/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 5/14/2019 Final action: 5/14/2019
Enactment date: 5/17/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00373
Title: Honoring the Life and Work of Truman Tennis Lowe (Wakajahukga).
Sponsors: Arvina Martin, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Donna V. Moreland, Avra Reddy, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
5/14/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/20191 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Honoring the Life and Work of Truman Tennis Lowe (Wakajahukga).
WHEREAS, Truman Lowe, a longtime resident of Madison and Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been recognized as one of the foremost Native American Artists of his generation; and,

WHEREAS, Truman’s art drew from his experiences growing up Ho-Chunk, learning traditional arts like basketry, ribbon work and beadwork from his parents, as well as a profound respect for the environment in which he lived, and finding particular inspiration from streams, rivers, and how water reflected light; and,

WHEREAS, Truman began his long relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison by pursuing, and completing his Masters of Fine Art; and,

WHEREAS, after a year teaching at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, Truman returned to UW-Madison as an Assistant Dean of Students and then to a joint position as Native American Studies Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Art and was promoted to full professor in 1989 ; and,

WHEREAS, Truman served as chair of the Art Department from 1992-1995, and as chair of the Chancellor’s Scholarship program from 1984-2004 and taught thousands of students throughout his 35 year career; and,

WHEREAS, Truman was selected to be the first Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and served in that role from 2000-2008, curating exhibits at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, at the Museum’s space in New York City, and at the prestigious Venice Biennale; and,

WHEREAS, Truman created art that was shown all over the world, including at embassies in Bolivia and Cameroon, at the Heard Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Eitlejorg Museum; and,

WHEREAS, Truman was commissioned to create a sculptural piece for a yearlong group show of contemporary Native sculptors for the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the Whit...

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