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Bemidji Pioneer: An Untraditional Artist: Hillary Kempenich paints a unique story at Watermark Art Center

As someone who can't be easily defined herself, Hillary Kempenich doesn't like expectations about what her artwork should look like.

Kempenich was raised in the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. However, she has a heritage blended from various tribes. She acknowledges some traditional Native American elements, but doesn't want to be tied to a dated or romanticized portrayal of her people.


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