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Acrylic on canvas, bone, brass, thongs
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Native North American Contemporary Art Collection.
On Display: Gransberg Community Room
Gorecki Alumni Center
Donald F. Montileaux (Yellowbird) was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation and attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Black Hills State college in Spearfish, South Dakota.
He is regarded as a modern-day storyteller, rekindling the images of the Lakota lifestyle by painting the people as they were. Montileaux’s mission being: "To portray the Lakota, the Native Americans, in an honest way. To illustrate them as people who hunted buffalo, made love, raised children, cooked meals, and lived. War horses, buffalo, and warriors are the primary subjects of Montileaux's art, all telling a story through the use of movement, color, positioning of the subject with colored pencils and India ink, he makes all the subjects come to life.
A world-renowned artist and illustrator, Montileaux has received awards, including induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame as a Champion for Excellence, Arts & Entertainment/Artist in 2014. Along with attending major art shows throughout his artistic career, his art has illustrated the covers of numerous books. His art is included in numerous corporate, public and private collections, and he has been the featured artist in art galleries in New Mexico, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and South Dakota.
Red Cloud Indian Art Show A Continuum of Native Art
Native American art cannot be defined by one aesthetic, medium, or tradition alone. It is constantly changing, reflecting the diverse cultures and experiences of Native artists themselves. Over the last five decades, the Red Cloud Indian Art show has celebrated the continuum of Native art – and honored the artists who create it.
Held on the Pine Ridge Reservation in western South Dakota, this exhibition is the largest and longest-running Native art exhibition of its kind – and one of only a few held in an Indigenous community. Hundreds of artists from tribal nations across North America have shared their work through the Red Cloud show, in categories ranging from painting and photography to beadwork and quillwork. But what sets the show apart is its inclusion of all Native artists. Its purpose is to create opportunities for Native artists to explore their talents and share their perspectives, regardless of their previous exposure to the art world. Grounded in community and culture, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show allows the artists themselves to guide the narrative on Native art and Indigenous experience.
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