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Art Work To Honor Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa

Valley Artist Kurt von Behrmann has created a combination painting and free standing sculpture that honors the late Lori Piestewa. Believed to be the first Native American Woman ever killed in combat in a foreign war, She has gained International attention as a symbol for women in combat, working mothers and Native Americans.

This unique creation will be showcased for the first time in a group exhibition at the Paulina Miller Studio Gallery, June 4th as part of the First Friday's Gallery Openings in Phoenix.

Statement from Artist Kurt Joachim von Behrmann concerning the work:

"As an artist and resident of Arizona, I felt that contemporary visual art needed to address Lori Piestewa with a fitting memorial. What I aimed to create was a work of art that is contemporary, intriguing and respectful of her life. Lori Piestewa has become a figure of great significance to people and I wanted to create a unique work of art that honors her memory and her importance as a national symbol. On a personal level, she has significance for me in that my Great Grandfather was Native American."

The Art work, titled "Piestewa" will be showcased along with three other new never before seen art works at the First Friday Group Show by Kurt von Behrmann.

The Event: Group Art Exhibition at the Paulina Miller Studio Gallery

Where: The Paulina Miller Studio Gallery, 817 North First Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Gallery Phone number: 602-307-9643 | Web site | Email

When: Opens Friday, June 4th, 2004 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. As part of the First Fridays openings, this exhibition is free and open to the public.

Contact Information for Kurt von Behrmann

Email | Phone: 602-743-9066

Please feel free to contact Mr. von Behrmann for photos, background information, artist statements and interviews.

• The memorial page for Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa