Oglala Lakota College (OLC) will host its 14th Annual Summer Artist Series entitled, “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” from June 12 to September 1, 2017. The series will begin with Paulette Iron Crow who will be displaying her beautiful beadwork and offering demonstrations. Twelve Lakota artists will be featured throughout the summer, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at OLC’s Historical Center, located at OLC’s Piya Wiconi Administrative Campus, six miles southwest of Kyle, South Dakota.
The summer artist series promotes public awareness of the arts of the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge reservation and the surrounding area, and educates on the richness and the importance of the arts to the Lakota culture, traditions, and history. Featured artists include Paulette Iron Crow (beadwork), Quinton Maldonado (ledger art), Steve Dubray Jr. (beadwork), James White Face (rawhide), Louis Shaw (quillwork and traditional dolls), Arlo Iron Cloud (drums), Molina Schweigman-Parker (beadwork), Corrine Brave (star quilting), Cecil Apple (sculpture), Kaulouyah Mauni Looking Horse (pencil drawing), Roy Helper (pencil drawing), and Ed Two Eagle (painting).
“We hope to educate people on the deep history of the Oglala Lakota through the displays in the historical center as well as through the Lakota arts and crafts,” says President Thomas Shortbull. He adds, “We also hope to expand the market for the Lakota artists and to inspire many talented Lakota to pursue their talent in the arts.”
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 opening of the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, which contains a prominent display of art and photographs that chronicle the history of the Oglala Lakota from the early 1800s 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 12 to September 1, 2017, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.