Native American Talks and Tastings at the Wilmette Historical Museum Oct. 7 with Photographer Sharon Hoogstraten and Prairie Grass Cafe Chef Sarah Stegner

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Press Release | Tue September 18, 2018, 04:52 PM EST

  • ©Sharon Hoogstraten

    ©Sharon Hoogstraten

    ©Sharon Hoogstraten “Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times”

Photographer Sharon Hoogstraten and James Beard award-winning chef and co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe Sarah Stegner will present small plates and conversation about photography, modern-day Potawatomi and locally sourced, Native American-inspired cuisine to make the close of the exhibit “Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times” at the Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, 4-6 p.m., Sunday, October 7. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by October 1 online at or by calling 847-853-7666.
About Dancing for My Tribe
"Dancing for My Tribe," an exhibit of dramatic, large-format photographic portraits of Potawatomi Indians in their modern dance regalia.  It is the story of a modern people who live in a world of sewing machines, duct tape, and acrylics.  They incorporate their favorite sports teams, their service to our country, and heirloom pieces from their ancestors into their regalia.  The photographs reflect the personal stories of Potawatomi people today.  The photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten, is a Chicago resident and a descendant of the Ouilmette family after whom the village of Wilmette is named. The Exhibit closes October 7. Learn more here.
About Sharon Hoogstraten
A photographer, animator, and graphic designer, Sharon Hoogstraten is best known for her portraits of Potawatomi Indians in regalia and for her Emmy award-winning animated openings for television news programs. She received a BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago where she taught Graphic Communication at UIC as an Adj. Assoc. Professor. A graphic designer for WLS-TV in Chicago, she received an Emmy award for an animated editorial open in 1983. Moving to WTTW-TV, the Chicago PBS station, she received an Emmy for two animations in 1985—a wire-frame computer animation of the city (collaborating with programmers at Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill), and a sunrise to sunset 360 degree time-lapse of the Chicago skyline. In addition to her Emmys for Individual Achievement in Graphic Design, she has won Gold and Silver Broadcast Design Association awards, and a Birmingham Children¹s Film Festival award as the producer of several animated short films. Sharon has served as a judge for the Chicago Book Clinic annual awards and worked on numerous award winning educational and trade books. Major clients have included McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, Scott Foresman, Contemporary Books, National Geographic and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Closing her commercial photography practice in 2017, Sharon is concentrating on those projects of particular importance to her. She has campaigned for the preservation of Chicago’s Boulevards through photography and is currently at work on her book initiatives, The Green City Farmers Market, Window on the Square, and Dancing for my Tribe.

Hoogstraten’s large-format canvas portraits of Potawatomi Indians have been exhibited in numerous museums and institutions, and are included in the permanent collection of the Citizens Band Potawatomi Cultural Center in Shawnee Oklahoma, Trickster Gallery, and Eagle Staff Grand Entry is currently at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian. A major contributor to the group show, “Footprints Through Time” at the State Museum of Illinois, she opened two one-woman shows in the soaring atrium of the Helmut Jahn designed Thompson Center, Chicago, in 2015. Future exhibitions are scheduled in Michigan and Illinois for 2018. Learn more at Hoogstraten Photography.
About Sarah Stegner, Prairie Grass Cafe
Sarah Stegner’s culinary talent and commitment to supporting sustainable locally produced ingredients is evident in the passion she brings to the food that is served at Prairie Grass Cafe. She is a founding member of the nationally renowned Green City Market which was established 19 years ago in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The Market now represents more than 50 certified farmers. Sarah has been one of Chicago's most influential chefs in bringing the organic sustainable food movement into the mainstream. She is a two-time James Beard Foundation award winner recognized for her culinary achievements.
After graduating from the Dumas Pere Cooking School, Sarah joined the culinary team of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. Within a few years, she had ascended to Executive Chef of the famed, four-star Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton. In 1994 she was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation; in 1995 she earned the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence; and she was nominated for Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 1996, 1997 and 1998, finally winning this prestigious award in 1998.  Learn more at Prairie Grass Cafe.
In 2004, Sarah left the Ritz-Carlton Hotel with her colleague, Chef George Bumbaris to open Prairie Grass Cafe.


Press Release | Tue September 18, 2018, 04:52 PM EST

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Cindy Kurman
Public Relations
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Chef / Owner

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