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VOICES: June Carpenter

June Carpenter

June Carpenter

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 S. Peoria, Chicago IL 60607

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June Carpenter’s artistic and museological practices are informed by her unwavering commitment to promoting change in the racist and colonialist systems of the United States. From a swarm of flying cicadas meticulously cut from sheets of rawhide to shawls embroidered with text from devastating Supreme Court decisions on American Indian law, Carpenter’s creative practice engages with healing by confronting intergenerational trauma.

Join Carpenter for a lecture exploring the connections between her cultural background, artistic practice, and work in repatriation.


June Carpenter is an Osage Nation tribal member and a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She addresses systemic injustices against Indigenous Peoples and explores connections to community and nature through artwork, primarily consisting of beadwork, embroidery, and painting. Carpenter earned a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked as a NAGPRA Assistant for the Osage Nation and in museums as a Collections Manager and Registrar. Now based in Chicago, she works as a Repatriation Specialist. Through her artwork and museum work, she seeks to meaningfully represent and honor Indigenous Peoples and to create work that is relevant, informative, and healing.

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