Prendergast Gallery features ‘Indian Images’
George W. Clever’s exhibit “Indian Images” is on display in the Prendergast Library Art Gallery through Nov. 15.
Clever lives at Bear Lake near Stockton. He is an artist story teller in the tradition of his Delaware (Lenape) American Indian Nation.
Born to an ironworking family in Western New York and Pennsylvania, he has walked the edge of two worlds as a professor of mathematics and a seeker of the mysteries of his native past.
His painting is strongly influenced by his American Indian activism, and the native artists who attempted to communicate with those that followed by their pictograms and petroglyphs.
His sculptural interest takes form in his recreation of Lenape baby cradle boards, turtle rattles and coupe sticks.
His shield paintings are drawn from his Wounded Knee experiences and the Wounded Knees of each tribe in their struggle to survive. The library show will also include masks, cedar chests and cow skulls.
Clever received a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also did his doctoral studies. He taught art at a California high school and an art course for elementary teachers at Edinboro University. Besides elementary, secondary and university teaching, he served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Native American Programs at Stanford University and as Dean of Students at Carl Sandburg College.
He has published articles on mathematics education and student services and written about his life in a small Western New York steel town in the 1950s. A book of his poetry, “Dancing with Grandfather,” was published by Outskirts Press, and a book of short stories, “Bear Lake Monster and Other Clever Stories,” was released this year. Since retiring from New Mexico State University, he is also focusing on a work about his life experiences as a Native American, Lenape Nation, and Unami Clan.
He is a member of the United States Marine Corps League, served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the New Mexico State Guard and also worked for NASA.
Clever has seven children and 12 grandchildren. He describes himself as an artist, musician, traditional Lenape straight dancer, and elder in the Eastern Delaware Nation. He believes if one knows the past, one can better understand the future.
He has exhibited at the Sinclairville Free Library and information about his work is available at www.cleverartandbooks.com.
Library hours to view “Indian Images” at Prendergast Library will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.