About the Conference Image: NICWA is pleased to present the winning artwork for our 2013 Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, John Isaiah Pepion’s My Family drawn with ink and color pencil on 1800s ledger paper.
Of the winning artwork, Pepion explains, “I chose to characterize a Northern Plains family in the contemporary ledger style. The family is held together by each other’s hands. Holding hands makes the family unified and strong with their culture. Today, numerous Indian families are torn apart and no longer have any knowledge of their culture. This original ledger is dedicated to all Indian families.”
About the Artist: Born in Kalispell, Montana, John Isaiah Pepion is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation who began painting in ledger style in 2005. Pepion attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he received an associate’s degree in art marketing. In 2008, he graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies.