Bennett Brien


American (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

Artist Dates

b. 1957


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Date of Work



Graphite on paper


Art & Design Study Collection


Displayed: Main floor


Education Building

Artist Bio

Bennett Brien was born in 1957 in Belcourt, North Dakota. He received his BFA and MFA degrees in sculpture at the University of North Dakota. Brien’s work incorporates his heritage and reflects pride in Native American traditions.

Well known throughout the region as a sculptor, Brien’s public sculpture can be found at the police station, the University of North Dakota, and Altru hospital in Grand Forks; the Federal Building, the North Dakota State Game and Fish Building, and other sites on State Capitol grounds in Bismarck; and at the University of Minnesota—Crookston.

Brien received additional attention recently when several of his works were included in the national award-winning book, Storytelling Time: Native North American from the Collections at the University of North Dakota, which was published by University of North Dakota Art Collections in association with Hudson Hills Press in 2010.

Additional Information

Sketch of a bison.


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