Art & Activism: Gregg Deal Visiting Artist Lecture


Ages: 21 - No Limit

Ability: All

Expertise: Painting, Specialty Workshops, VAS Lecture

Gregg Deal is a husband, father, artist and a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist much of Deal's work focuses on Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. With this work—including paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues within Indian country such as decolonization, the Native mascot issue and appropriation.

Deal will share his journey of his work coupled with the social and political discourse that accompanies it to illustrate the effort to use art as a means to contribute to national conversations. Deal's journey is personal, but also filled with stories about navigating the greater art world with work that is confrontational, hard hitting and relevant to the efforts being put forth by many communities of color in an effort for equality and consideration.

Deal was recently showcased on PBS Arts District and has been Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016 and currently the Artist In Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002. Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including: Denver Art Museum, Denver, C.O.; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.; and University of Colorado Boulder. His television appearances have included PBS, "The Daily Show" and W. Kamau Bell's "Totally Biased" as well as appearances on Aljazeera, ESPN, FoxNews and ABC News.

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