This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation. _
Edgar Heap of Birds works in multidisciplinary forms that include public art, large-scale drawing, paintings, and prints. He first came to prominence in 1982 with In Our Language, a work on the computerized billboard in New York’s Times Square, which melded English and the Cheyenne language to create phrases that referred to the colonization of Manhattan. He is also known for his series of Native Hosts signs, which announce the names of the local indigenous tribes in sites as varied as Vancouver, Utah, New York City, and the Virgin Islands.