Study in Blue, 1998, oil on canvas
Through his lifelong artistic career, multi-disciplinary artist and designer, Steven Premo (Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe), learned that there are many different avenues for creation, and each requires a particular medium. In his Twin Cities solo exhibition debut, Steve reflects his pride in his Ojibwe heritage through a variety of retrospective works highlighting narratives of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe people and the evolution of Ojibwe art forms. “My own art is a reminder of our history and the continuation of our existence and expresses our cultural influence across the community and beyond..” -Steven Premo
Steven Premo is a proud enrolled Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe member who is nationally known for his paintings, murals, illustrations, and graphic design. Steve’s concepts are prominently featured in educational materials utilized throughout public elementary, secondary schools, and private institutions. More than 500 of his illustrations and graphics have been published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, Minneapolis Public Schools, Hazelden Treatment Center, Grand Casino Inc., and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He has designed logos for individuals, professional organizations and special events. His formal art training includes time at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe (attended with recommendation by then Governor of Minnesota.) Steve has also provided art direction and instruction for the Minnesota State Department of Education, the Minneapolis Public Schools, Heart of the Earth Survival School, LCO Tribal School, and various art organizations. Steve’s passion for art and for his people are reflected in all that he creates.
On View: February 14th – April 16th 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 17th, 6-8:00 p.m
Community Art Activity: March 26th, 1-3 p.m.
Artist Talk: March 3rd 6-7 p.m