Aaniinen artist to open solo exhibition at Great Falls art museum

Missoulian Staff

Sean Chandler, an award-winning Aaniinen (Gros Ventre Nation) artist, has a solo exhibition opening at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls.

“The One Defined To Be No One” is on view from May 26-Sept. 20. It opened at the Missoula Art Museum during the pandemic and is now traveling the state through the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. Chandler will give a lecture on May 26 at 5:30 p.m. It’s free.

Chandler’s success in art came after he developed a parallel academic career — he’s the president of Aaniiih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

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He received a bachelor of arts in art in 1997 and a master’s in Native American Studies in 2003 from Montana State University in Bozeman, and later in 2014, an education doctorate from the University of Montana.

In 2018, he began making art again through the Paintallica collective. Like that group, he produces large works with mixed media, including oil, acrylic, charcoal, paint stick and more that reference paintings on buffalo hides and petroglyphs.

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