Native Views, Native Visions was an exhibit of contemporary artwork by Native American artists, with key pieces highlighted from the Center's permanent collections.
Many of the pieces in the show were donated by Bill and Sue Hensler, with others coming from the collection of Ken and Nancy Goodhue-McWilliams. The exhibit includes pieces from other individuals who hold Fort Lewis College and its commitment to Native American education in high regard, and have chosen the Center of Southwest Studies as the new home for their collections. Several notable new acquisitions on display include works by Pablita Velarde, her daughter Helen Hardin, and granddaughter Margerite Bagshaw.
The exhibit featured paintings, drawings, and prints, complemented by selected works in other media. The exhibit celebrates the diverse artistic and cultural perspectives of Native artists by focusing on artists' individual portrayals of the natural and spiritual world. The selections go beyond the art of the Southwest to honor Fort Lewis College's Sacred Trust, which extends to many Native peoples, and to generate appreciation and dialogue for the viewer. Fort Lewis College students took a leadership role in selecting the art and producing the exhibit.