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Minnesota Historical Society Awards Professor Artist’s Residency

English Professor Gwen Westerman awarded a six-month paid residency.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-24-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota Historical Society recently awarded a six-month paid artist’s residency to Minnesota State University, Mankato English professor and textile artist Gwen Westerman.

During her residency, Westerman, a Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe member who lives in Good Thunder, Minn., plans on researching and revitalizing traditions of Dakota ribbon work according to an article on the Minnesota Historical Society website available at:

According to the Minnesota Historical Society article, Westerman was selected for her residency along with two other artists, Jessica Gokey and Pat Kruse, based on the recommendations of a panel consisting of experts in the field of Native American arts and culture.

While in residence, the article says, each of these artists will continue to develop research and community outreach plans that delve deeply and broadly into their communities to gain new knowledge and to share their expertise.

A biography on Westerman is available at:

For more information, please contact Gwen Westerman by phone at 507-389-5508 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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