OLC opens 10th Annual Artist Series

Oglala Lakota College (OLC), in Kyle, opens its 10th Annual “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” summer artist series with featured artist Martin Red Bear, Hehaka Gleska (Spotted Elk), Oglala/Sicangu.  Red Bear’s art medium includes a display of acrylics and water color on canvas, paper and tanned hides.  He is a retired full-time instructor of art at Oglala Lakota College, now working in the capacity of adjunct faculty.  He is a lecturer in traditional and contemporary arts and a traditional dancer.  Red Bear received his Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.  His works are on display at museums, colleges and private collections.  He will be displaying his artwork and offering demonstrations from June 10-14, 2013.

The summer artist series runs from June 10 through August 30. The series features twelve Oglala Lakota artists at OLC’s Historical Center located at the administrative headquarters of Oglala Lakota College, six miles southwest of Kyle. The schedule of artists featured each week includes: 

June 10-14, Martin Red Bear, Acrylic and Watercolor

June 17-21, Edward Two Eagles, Acrylic on Canvas

June 24-28, Molina Schweigman-Parker, Beadwork

July 1-5, Luke Dubray, Bead and Quillwork

July 8-12, Eileen Apple, Beadwork

July 15-20, Richard Red Owl, Acrylic on Canvas

July 22-26, Joey Blue Legs, Beadwork and Mixed Media

July 29-August 2, Cindy Richards, Beadwork

August 5-9, Naomi Edwards, Beadwork and Quilt Making

August 12-16, Louis Shaw, Quillwork

August 19-23, Roy Helper, Pencil Drawings

August 26-30, Darrell Janis, Bead and Leatherwork

The summer artist series promotes public awareness of the arts of the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the surrounding area and educates our own people and the people of other cultures and places to the richness and the importance of the arts to our culture and our traditions.

Funding for a portion of the project is provided by the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” coincides with the summer opening of the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center.  The center contains a prominent display of art and photographs that chronicle the history of the Oglala Lakota from the early 1800’s to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.  An audiotape of this history provides greater meaning to the displays.  The Historical Center is open from June 10 through August 30, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Free admission.  For more information contact Marilyn E. Pourier, OLC’s Development Director, at 605-455-6045.

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