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Saturday, May 2 at 7 PM in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library

Media contact: Ben Woody (

​Sylva -- The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is hosting renowned Cherokee artist Luzene Hill at 7 PM on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Community Room.

​Luzene will describe the process of making the images, and adapting the text, for the Cherokee language book "Spearfinger". She will also discuss the process of having "Spearfinger" produced as a handmade letterpress book. The original art pieces from the book are now on display on the first floor of the Library.

Luzene Hill is a multi-media installation artist and enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Hill was a studio artist at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Co- Director of the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts and holds an MFA from Western Carolina University. Her sculpture was part of  “Changing Hands 3”, which opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2012 and her drawings were included in the Novosibirsk Museum of Art Biennial, in Russia that same year.

She is a recipient of the Eiteljorg Museum Contemporary Art Fellowship and a First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Fellowship for 2015. Her work is held in museum, corporate and private collections across the United States and is featured in Susan Power’s book Cherokee Art:  Prehistory to Present and Josh McPhee’s book, Celebrate People’s History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. 

For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.