Photography by Richard Church.
Kelly Church is a member of the Gun Lake Band in Michigan, and a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe descendant. She comes from an unbroken line of Black ash basket makers, and from the largest black ash weaving family in the Great Lakes. She is an artist and activist and shares her knowledge of working with black ash trees as well as educating the public on the effects of the Emerald ash borer on cultural traditions.
Collections Spotlight, a program developed in partnership with First American Art Magazine, is a free interactive, online discussion that brings together the public, scholars, and Native artists who select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss.