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HASKELL SCULPTURE IS CAPITAL IDEA

December 14, 1999

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A Haskell artist will travel later this week to Washington, D.C., to attend a White House reception for a holiday art display there.

An abstract sculpture made by two Haskell Indian Nations University artists meant to remind viewers of tribalism and Native American heritage is on display for the holidays at the White House in Washington, D.C.

One of the artists, John G. Stanley III, will travel later this week to Washington to attend a reception for artists who submitted works for the display.

"It's pretty cool, actually," he said.

Leslie Evans, instructor of art at Haskell, spent a few weeks creating the sculpture, which is made mostly of clay. Stanley made the base, which includes walnut, brass and stainless steel.

"I thought it probably makes sense to do something that would symbolize the legacy of tribalism," Evans said. "That's really an important aspect of Haskell and what we do.

"That's what the piece is supposed to do, is bring that visually to whoever may be looking at it -- some sort of tribalism."

The Haskell president's office in August received a letter from the White House asking that a piece of art be submitted for the holiday display.

Haskell in April was notified it received a $50,000 grant as part of the "Save America's Treasures" program. The grant is to help fund a log cabin that will be used as a campus museum to store photographs and other Native American historical documents, Haskell officials said.

Grant recipients across the country were asked to submit works of art for the White House holiday display, Evans said.

He created the sculpture at the request of the Haskell president's office.

"It was a privileged to be asked. " It gives me an opportunity to represent Haskell," Evans said.

Stanley and his wife, Sherree, will leave Thursday for Washington.

A reception for artists who submitted works will be Friday afternoon at the White House.

Neither the president nor the first lady will be able to attend the reception, a spokesperson in first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's press office said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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