three stylized figures with american indian dance attire painted on handwritten paper ledgers

Ledger Art Workshop

I always like to start out with the history and origin of this art that was taught to me. We then show tools we use as modern-day artists that help us create our visions (which includes alcohol-based markers, pencil crayons, 24kt gold leaf, archival ink, acrylic and the most important part of this art the ledger paper that dates from 1860–1920).

I will help students understand this art and help them all bring their own visions to life, as this art is about capturing both history and the everyday moments we make in our lives that one day will be history for our families. Participants can draw anything they imagine with a ledger art twist to it. Since this art is a plains people style, it is always fun to see how the created artwork will reflect their peoples cultural and historical contexts.

Participation is limited to 20 people. Free tickets (external link) are required and are available on Eventbrite starting on Monday, March 20, at 8:00 am.

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About the Artist

Taught by Josh Atcheynum.

Atcheynum, also known by his Cree names “Two Wings & Dancing Buffalo child” began creating pieces of ledger art 10 years ago to share history and oral traditions that were passed down from generation to generation. His stunning, highly detailed, works of ledger art can be seen in private collections, galleries and museums all over the world. Atcheynum uses this style of art to share a glimpse of our lives as First Nation people. This art has allowed him to share with so many people all over the world the beauty of who we are. We are strong, we are resilient, we are warriors. Atcheynum is thankful that creator has blessed him with this gift to capture moments of time through my works of art. He is thankful for his parents for giving him life, which has led me on this journey of creation.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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For further information on this event, contact Dery Martínez-Bonilla at or (217) 244-3649

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.