Plateau Traditions, 2003

George Flett
(American | Spokane, born 1946, died 2013)

Location: Eastern Washington University, Cheney

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist George Flett is recognized nationally for his paintings showing the history and culture of the Spokane Tribe on the pages of ledger books. Plateau Traditions draws from the ledger form to depict family and community life for Eastern Washington University's Indian Education Center.

Artist George Flett is recognized nationally for his paintings showing the history and culture of the Spokane Tribe. Plateau Traditions draws from the ledger form to depict family and community life for Eastern Washington University's Indian Education Center.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Eastern Washington University.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Late Spokane Tribe member and artist George Flett was known for his ledger art. He also worked in sculpture, beadworking, and silversmithing. His ledger art consisted of mixed media paintings on ruled paper that tell stories of Spokane legends, history, and cultural events. "Ledger art" is a tradition that is named after the accounting ledger pages that were a common source of paper for Plains Indians artworks during the late 1800s. Flett was also very involved in reviving the prairie chicken dance in the 1990s, after it had nearly died out. Prairie chicken dancers were frequently the subject of his paintings.
Flett received degrees from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1966 and from the University of Colorado in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He was also a rodeo champion bull rider.

ARTWORK DETAILS
Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions40 in x 60 in
ID NumberWSAC2003.045.001
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyEastern Washington University
Artwork LocationEastern Washington University
Indian Education Center, 1st floor hall
WA CountySpokane
PlacementInterior
Site TypeUniversity
Address526 5th St.
Cheney, WA 99004
Geo. Coordinates47.491017 | -117.577021
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