The Students’ Association of Portage College (SAPC) has presented a special gift to the Portage College Museum of Aboriginal Peoples' Art and Artifacts (MOAPAA).
An acrylic painting by Eddy Cobiness, titled Jessekan, was presented to the museum's curator, and well-known Indigneous artist, Joseph Sanchez at the annual Round Dance at Portage College in Lac La Biche. The donation is worth $15,000.
Cobiness, who passed away in 1996, and Sanchez, are two of the seven artists of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (PNIAI), also known as the Indian Group of Seven. Cobiness’ painting will be added to MOAPAA’s permanent exhibit of the PNIAI, the only place in the world where works of the entire group are on exhibition together.
Formed in 1972, the PNIAI is to date one of the most important alliances formed in Canadian art history. The mandate of the group was to take the work back to the Indigenous People, to educate everyone on the aesthetic of the groups work and why it cannot be compared to contemporary art, to show Indigenous People that they could be successful creating work about themselves and their people, and inspiring and mentoring a whole new generation of Indigenous artists.