MCTC Alumna Receives Bush Artist Fellowship for Textile and Mixed Media Arts

We just found out that another MCTC graduate, Delina L. White, was among the Bush Artist Fellowship recipients on June 14. White’s Fellowship is in the Traditional and Functional Craft Arts category. She will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support from the Bush Foundation.

In the traditional village of Inger, MN, located on the Leech Lake Reservation, textile and mixed-media artist White combines beads and fabric in the traditional woodland style of design. Each culturally inspired work of art is hand-sewn bead by bead, in the traditional fashion her grandmother Maggie King first taught her at age six. Her focus sets in motion an era when apparel changed dramatically for the Anishinaabeg with the introduction of brightly colored cotton, and satin ribbon was added with beads and sequins for adornment. Most recently she has expanded traditional concepts into contemporary sculptural pieces for public display. White is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation whose great people are distinguished by their culture, language and beadwork designs that are representative of their beautiful surroundings—the wetlands, lakes and woodlands of the Great Lakes region. White received her A.A. in Liberal Arts in 1999 from MCTC and transferred to Metropolitan State University in 2000.

See our previous story on MCTC alumni, Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske (the conceptual electronic music duo Beatrix*JAR), who received a Bush Foundation Fellowship in the Media Arts category.

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