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I had people stopping me on the street and asking me what color I was. People would make comments about my accent, the food I was cooking, my hair, wanting to touch my hair. And when I told them I was Native, they were like, ‘Well, you don't look Native.'

Artist Jessica Clark

About this Podcast

Welcome to the Nasher Museum Podcast! This episode features artist Jessica Clark, who lives and works in Asheville and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and whose paintings are part of Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now. She is in conversation with Nancy Strickland Fields, also a member of the Lumbee Tribe, who is director and curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Pembroke. More episodes will be added throughout the exhibition, on view through July 10, 2022.

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About Jessica and Nancy

Jessica Clark is a resident of North Carolina nd a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Jessica has exhibited in numerous shows in the Southeast, and her work is included in numerous private collections along with the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, Savannah College of Art and Design-Lacoste, France, the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte and the NoVo Foundation.  Her work concentrates on documenting, preserving and educating her viewers on Southeastern Native American identity.  She was profiled in the Winter 2014 and 2015/16  issues of First American Art Magazine, named a 2014 Woman to Watch at the Eighth Annual Conference of American Indian Women of Proud Nations, is a 2015 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholar and a 2016 GOLDEN Educator Resident. She has a son in the US Army and currently teaches Visual Arts in Asheville, NC.

Nancy Strickland Fields is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and serves as director and curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Pembroke. Her 18-year museum career has been focused in museum education and administration. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; and The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

She is the first Lumbee graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in museum studies. Nancy earned a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at North Carolina State University.

Nancy’s area of research focuses on Southeastern Native peoples and the American colonial experience.

Nancy is a trustee for the North Carolina Humanities Council, and serves as a board member for the Robeson County Arts Council and the Museum of the Cape Fear.

Nancy’s family resides in and around the Pembroke area. She was raised in Charlotte with very close ties to her family in Robeson County.

Your paintings ache of nostalgia. I think you're the Norman Rockwell of Lumbee art. It really does speak to these lifeways and I think that's the thing that we gravitate towards, these representations of that lived experience.

Nancy Fields

Podcast Transcript

Nancy Fields
Hello, I am Nancy Strickland Fields. I’m the Director of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina in Pembroke, North Carolina, and I am delighted to share this podcast with my dear friend Jessica Clark.

Jessica Clark
Hi, my name is Jessica Clark. I am a visual artist and arts educator/ I’m a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina and I have work in Reckoning and Resilience at the Nasher Museum of Art.

Nasher Podcast Team

J Caldwell, staff photographer, videographer, social media manager, Nasher Museum

Wendy Hower, director of engagement & marketing, Nasher Museum

Dani Yan, Duke Class of 2022, marketing intern, Nasher Museum

Organization and Support

This exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department: Molly Boarati, associate curator; Adria Gunter, curatorial assistant; Melissa Gwynn, exhibitions and publications manager; Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art; and Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now is generously supported by Bank of America.

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Additional support provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; The Duke Endowment; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment Fund; Janine & J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund; J. Horst & Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; John & Anita Schwarz Family Endowment; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle.

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