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C o n t r i b u t o r s A u t h o r s Dennis Cutchins, Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University, has published articles on Louise Erdrich, Leslie Silko, W. P. Kinsella, E Scott Fitzgerald, and others. He won the 2000 Carl Bode award for his article “‘So That the Nations May Become Genuine Indian’: Nativism and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony” and in 2004 received the Charles Redd Center’s Mollie and Karl Butler Young Scholar Award in Western Studies. Cheryll Glotfelty, Associate Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, coedited The Ecocnticism Reader (1995) and is completing a literary anthology of Nevada. Michael K. Johnson is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Maine at Farmington. His book Black Masculinity and the Frontier Myth in American Literature was published in 2002 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Christopher Nelson is Assistant Professor of Twentieth-Century Literatures and Cultures of the Americas at the University of North Dakota. A r t i s t s Lew Davis (1910-1979) returned to Arizona from the East Coast in the 1930s to work for the WPA. His Jerome series, which depicts life in the mining town where he grew up, falls in with the style known as Regionalism, which reacted against European modernism by focusing on realism and American themes. Despite a generally positive portrayal of rural American life, Davis’s paintings are far more somber than traditional Regionalist paintings as he refused to romanticize the harshness of life in mining towns. Davis was also influenced by the realism of the early Italian Renaissance and Diego Rivera’s murals that emphasize humanism and the individual. Kevin Heaney portrays the Montana landscape, its people, its wildlife, and its beautiful old architecture. A fifth-generation Montanan, Heaney comes from a pioneer background with a strong mining influence, and he has a special affec­ tion for painting Montana’s ghost towns. His work has been featured in many one-man exhibits including a show at the Montana Historical Society and the Northeastern Nevada Museum. Heaney is the Artist in Residence at the Old Montana Territorial Prison Museum Art Center in Deer Lodge. You may visit his web site at . W e s t e r n A m e r i c a n L i t e r a t u r e F a l l 2 0 0 6 Chriss Pagani, painter of abstracts and Oregon landscapes, is a self-taught artist who doesn’t believe her work fits into traditional categories of art. She originated what she dubs “object-oriented abstracts,” a theory that plays with how art affects the way the human brain processes visual information. More on the artist can be found at and . A collection of her works is also held at the Art Talks Gallery in Westport, Washington. Ernie Pepion (1943-2005) overcame disability to become one of Montana’s most celebrated artists. His paintings reflect his experiences as a disabled person and a Native American of the Blackfeet tribe and speak to the discrimination he experienced as both. Pepion said, “Painting allows me to be a person beyond the limitations of racial prejudice and disability.” Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), the Spanish painter who became a giant of the modernist period, barely needs an introduction. However, the art featured here may. Inspired by the atrocious bombing of Guernica, a village in Basque country, Spain, on April 27, 1937, Picasso began his massive Guernica, which has since been called modem art’s most powerful antiwar statement. He went through sketch after sketch perfecting the surrealist tone he sought for the large piece that was to be shown at the Paris Exhibition. Wilfred Dudley Smithers (1895-1981) was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where his father was employed as a bookkeeper for the American Mine and Smelting Company. He started his career in commercial photography in 1910, taking pictures at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio ofpioneer aviation and later became an aerial photographer for the US Army Aviation Service during WW I. Between 1935 and 1939, under a contract with the International...


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