An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

Sydney Pursel, BFA

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Sydney Pursel​ is the coordinator of the "Native American and African American Education in Kansas, 1830-1960" workshops. She will coordinating many logistical details of our project before, during, and after our workshops and has been integral to the planning process. You should feel free to contact her with any questions you have during the application process. Sydney will also be joining us throughout the workshops. 

Sydney is a current Master of Fine Art student in the Expanded Media Program at the University of Kansas and serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Loo Family Intern of Global and Indigenous Art at the Spencer Museum of Art. She is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. Through art she explores contemporary Native American culture, identity, representation, and commodification. Her work has been shown at public parks, universities and alternative spaces in Santa Fe, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Lawrence, Kansas City, Columbia, MO and White Cloud, KS. Her interest in museums is driven by her desire to contribute to the preservation of her own community’s art, language and culture through the Baxoje Woscąci (The Iowa Tribal Museum and Culture Center). In addition, she was recently accepted to the Myaamia Center’s 2017 National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages program jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Library of Congress. Sydney is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.


MFA, University of Kansas (expected May 2017)
BFA, University of Missouri

Contact | 785-864-5253

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

The University of Kansas
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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