Sask. First Nations man snags spot to show his art at the Smithsonian Museum

Kevin McKenzie is one of 10 artists featured in an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute in New York City.

Kevin McKenzie is one of 10 artists featured in an exhibit in New York

Kevin McKenzie, a member of the Cowessess First Nation, will be featured at the National Museum o the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute's exhibition called Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound until January 2019. (Samanda Brace/CBC)

One member of the Cowessess First Nation can now say they've been featured in the world's largest museum and research complex.

Kevin McKenzie is one of 10 artists featured in an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute in New York City.

Kevin McKenzie's piece at the Fifth Parallel Gallery reflects the transformation of traditional motif into contemporary sculpture. (Samanda Brace/CBC)

"It was a really really cool experience and being part of the show at the Smithsonian is really amazing," said MacKenzie, artist and Fine Arts student at the University of Regina.

He travelled to New York for the opening in November.

More traditional motif McKenzie transformed into sculpture. (Samanda Brace/CBC)

The Cree and Métis man is also this month's featured artist at the University of Regina's Fifth Parallel Gallery from Dec. 6 to 14. His show Preservation is based on the Smithsonian piece: Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

The two displays are different but both feature Indigenous themes.

The piece on display at the Smithsonian is comprised of three handmade bison skulls in a room illuminated by an orange light. In Regina, McKenzie's art show features contemporary ceremonial pipe sculptures.

"I'm Plains Cree, and we still have pipe ceremonies all the time, so we're still a living culture, so that's one of the reasons I produced some of these pieces in liquid plastic and presented them this way," he said.