Chris Pappan is an American Indian artist of Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Sioux, and mixed European heritage. He prefers the term Indian over Native American, but uses both. His art reflects the dominant culture’s distorted perceptions of Native peoples while proclaiming that “we are still here!” A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and a nationally recognized painter, Chris calls his art “Native American Low Brow.” Chris exhibits in several Native American art shows and markets nationally including the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Indian Fair and Market, and the Eiteljorg. Chris has recently returned from Australia as one of three artists chosen for the Landmarks Fellowship project with the world renowned Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM. The fellowship consisted of an arts and cultural exchange with the Youngul people of Northern Australia, and creating lithographs at the Tamarind Institute. Chris is also the winner of the prestigious Discovery Fellowship from the Southwestern Association of Indian Artists (SWAIA) in 2011 and the Heard Museum’s Best of Class (Paintings, Drawings,) and Best of Division (drawing) at the 52nd Annual Indian Market 2010. Currently his artwork is based on American Indian ledger drawings of the mid to late 19th Century while giving them a 21st Century twist. Chris has lived in Chicago for the past 20 yrs with his wife Debra Yepa-Pappan, and their daughter Ji Hae. Chris’s work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Kansas; Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston Illinois; The Schingoethe Center for Native Studies in Aurora Illinois and private collections around the world.