Tweed Honors Karissa White Isaacs

Nov 30, 2022

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, commemorates the legacy of Dr. Karissa White Isaacs with a special celebration on Saturday, December 3 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program will begin at noon with an opening ceremony, and speakers will take the stage at 1 p.m. Two announcements will be made; the first is a new scholarship program and the second is an award from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council honoring Isaacs.  

Issacs did impactful work as an associate curator of the Tweed Museum of Art. Two of her significant exhibitions include Intersections: Contemporary Art from Minnesota- Native Artists and Manifest’o, a multimedia installation by Jonathan Thunder. Because of her dedication, the Tweed developed its strong reputation for contemporary American Indian art, and her influence continues to radiate throughout the Tweed, UMD, and the region. Issacs passed away in 2021 after a brief illness.

Preston Singletary, World of the Supernatural, 2018 Collection of the Tweed Museum

Isaacs was also recognized for her thoughtful manner of serving artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is included among the growing number of Indigenous curators who have strived for more respectful representation and treatment of BIPOC and women artists and museum professionals nationwide.

Artwork on Display

An exhibition entitled “Remembrance and Legacy of Neyaandagookwe Karissa White Isaacs” showcases artwork acquired under the expertise of Isaacs. Each work embodies the stories and lived experiences of the artists who created them, as well as the aesthetic legacies of the Nations and communities they represent.

The Tweed Museum of Art is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from  10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

ART: Preston Singletary,

World of the Supernatural, 2018

Collection of the Tweed Museum