OSES: Monica Rickert-Bolter

Monica Rickert-Bolter, an Afro-Indigenous visual artist will be the next speaker in the Olive Spannaus Education Series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in the Mansion Library. Rickert-Bolter will share her experience in developing her artistic practices, her collaborative social justice work, and building a native artistic community through the Center for Native Futures.

Free, but registration is apprecated here.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Felix Fuenty at fuenty2@illinois.edu.

About Monica Rickert-Bolter

Monica Rickert-Bolter is a Chicago-based visual artist of Potawatomi and Black heritage. Her artwork uses traditional mediums, such as charcoal and pastels, graphic design, and digital coloring to create expressive characters and tell diverse stories.

After her undergrad, Monica became involved with Native nonprofits, combining her love of art and education to develop youth programs and resources, including illustrating children’s books. She advocates for cultural representation and serves as a consultant for various institutions and organizations.

Monica is a co-founder and the Director of Operations at the Center for Native Futures, a Native fine arts gallery that opened in September 2023. Currently, her artwork is featured in exhibitions at The National Museum of the American Indian, The Field Museum, the University of North Carolina Stone Center. Also, she will be collaborating on a public art piece with the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights.

Olive Spannaus Education Series

Made possible through a gift from Fred Spannaus and Connie Requarth in memory of Olive Wise Spannaus (1916-2018), the Olive Spannaus Education Series highlights underrepresented communities in art, nature, and history, through sessions led by members of those communities.


Apr 02 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 02 2024
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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