Art on Pine Ridge: 45th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show

June 03, 2013

Pine Ridge is the place to be for Native art this summer.

The 45th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show--the largest and longest running Native American art show of its kind in the country--opened yesterday, Sunday, June 2, at the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Daktoa. More than 150 works of art representing more than 70 Native American artists from across the United States and Canada will be showcased through August 11.

Since 1969, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Heritage Center to view works by seasoned and emerging Lakota and other Native artists. The juried exhibition provides local and national Native artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery, often for the first time. This year, the Heritage Center will award $7,000 in prizes in seven categories and 17 special awards.

“This year’s show features works by well-known Lakota artists like Don Montileaux and Dwayne Wilcox and other Native artists from around the country,” says Mary Bordeaux, the Heritage Center’s curator, said in a press release.  “Our hope is to continue to provide an engine for Native artists—whether they are established or just emerging—to be recognized for their work locally and to gain exposure nationally and internationally.”

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is open to the public seven days a week through August 11 and admission is free. The Heritage Center’s mission is to foster creative opportunities for and understanding about Native artists and art, focusing on Lakota artists and their communities.  Visitors can also tour the grounds of the school which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

For further information on the art show, including directions to the school and its Heritage Center, go here.

(Red Cloud Indian School)