Dakota Mace: Badahani

Artwork by Dakota Mace. Print of black and white symbols in a pattern.
November is Native American Heritage Month and Kent State University’s School of Art is proud to host a solo exhibition and additional events with Native American artist, Dakota Mace, to celebrate. To kick off the month, the School of Art Collection and Galleries will present “Dakota Mace: Badahani” which translates to “Their Stories” from Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 2021 at the KSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition will include a variety of prints, photographs, textiles and beadwork created by Mace. The artist will be present at the following related events in December. 

Schedule of events: All are free and open to the public.

• Cyanotype printing demo with the artist -  Thursday, Dec. 2, 2:15-5 p.m. (Center for the Visual Arts, CVA 301)

• Artist Talk: Friday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m. (Center for the Visual Arts, CVA 165)

• Exhibition reception: Friday, Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m. (KSU Downtown Gallery)

About the artist: Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) photographer and textile artist who focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history and beliefs through alternative photography methods, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking. She has also worked with numerous institutions and programs to develop dialogue and workshops on the importance of cultural appropriation concerning Indigenous design work.

Mace received her MA and MFA degrees in Photography and Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BFA in Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is currently a lecturer in photography at UW–Madison and a photographer for the Center of Design and Material Culture. 

Her work as an artist and scholar has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various conferences and galleries. She has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Fellowship.Art Recipient, 2019 Wisconsin Triennial Recipient, Madison Magazine M List 2018 Awardee, and the Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship. 

The KSU Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio. Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sunday. Free parking in rear of building.

The Center for the Visual Arts is located at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent, Ohio. Metered parking available.

Learn more about Dakota Mace on her website.

“Dakota Mace: Badahani” is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Images: (Top) Dakota Mace, "Łichíí I (Red)," Digital Archival Print of a Chemigram, 2019, 24” x 36”, (within text) Dakota Mace, "So’ (Stars)," Chemigram (Open Series), 4” x 6”, 2019.

POSTED: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 2:45pm