Dana Warrington, the founder of Young Blood Artwork, came to Haskell Indian Nations University campus on October 13th to exhibit his award-winning pieces and to help encourage and educate the young native youth the traditional art form of quillwork.
Warrington is an enrolled Prairie Band Potawatomi tribal member of Kansas as well a proud Menominee of Wisconsin, he was born in Northern Wisconsin and currently resides in Cherokee, North Carolina. Warrington started learning quill work back in 2011, after a year of trial and error of getting the craft down and working on his own personal technique. In 2012, Warrington had his first public showcase of his artwork at the Poach Creek Indian Powwow in Louisiana. To a surprise to him, within the first 30 minutes of his showing at Poach Creek Indian Powwow, his table sold out of all his quillwork pieces, this is when Warrington knew he could make a living off being an artist of this traditional art form. In 2017, Warrington got his first award and became an award-winning artist at the Eiteljorg Indian Art Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, with not just a single win but with three wins and the Best In Show award which is one of the best awards you can receive in an art show. Six weeks after the Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Warrington submitted a few quillwork pieces into the 2017 Santa Fe Indian Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is the biggest native art market in the nation. At the Santa Fe Indian Art Market Warrington won first and second place, with Wapenonah a quilled Cradleboard placing first and a quilled pipe bag getting second.
In the last year, Warrington has since participating in several art markets that would include, the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, Arizona, Eiteljorg Indian Art Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, Santa Fe Indian Art Market and Santa Fe Winter Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cherokee Indian Art Market in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the National Museum of American Indian Art Market in New York, New York. To see more of Dana Warrington’s work visit www.youndbloodartwork. com
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