and pro work included
at James Starkey ledger art with its exquisite themes, detail and
color, and it speaks volumes of the Lakota man's heritage, history
and continuing evolution.
any great art, you recognize the humanity," he says.
38, Starkey has struggled to get his work into the mainstream. He
has steered clear of pot-boiler, Southwest fad-based art. Starkey
paints what he knows. "It contains a story that I tell the
collector, and as the years go by, the story grows and changes,"
and other Native American artists' works will be showcased at Mitchell's
inaugural Native American Festival and Art Show.
festival will exhibit a mixed medium of Northern Plains art Saturday
through Oct. 10 in the Thomsen Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric
new art show offers one more opportunity for new and established
Native American artists to display their work.
making slow progress, but we're making progress," says John
Day, University of South Dakota's dean of the college of fine arts.
Native Americans face difficulties in finding gallery space. South
Dakota doesn't have the professional infrastructure of museums,
galleries and collectors comparable to those in the Southwest or
better now than when Oscar Howe came along, and there's steady improvement,"
mentions museums at Rapid City, Crazy Horse, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
colleges and universities and a number of galleries and private
art boutiques that offer space for established and new Native art.
Gangone, 31, looks forward to art shows. The nontraditional Sinte
Gleska art student has spent 12 years trying to cultivate a big
enough following to leave his day job. "I'm always excited
about them. You get some insight into the new artists, and it inspires
you," he says.
sculptor and member of the Rosebud Reservation, Gangone will exhibit
a 90-pound alabaster buffalo. He began the piece in a form class
at Sinte Gleska and slowly chipped away on the marble lump.
I worked, I saw a buffalo in it, and I learned a lot from it,"
he says. Most of Gangone's art touches on religious and cultural
themes in abstract, symbolic and realistic forms.
a visit to the University of South Dakota's art institute, Anne
Anderson, a former art teacher and the consultant for the Mitchell
Prehistoric Indian Village, saw the work of the newest classroom
of Native American artists. "The purity, the sense of color,
the lack of clutter ... this has such brilliancy and clean lines.
It's something that I didn't expect," Anderson says.
of the Northern Plains, the show will combine the new artists' works
with more established artists.
a good mix of art that will be on display," says Dixie Thompson,
Akta Lakota Museum director.
the Saint Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, Anderson received
25 paintings from the Akta Lakota museum's permanent collection.
The works of artists Arthur Amiotte, Robert Penn, JoAnne Bird, Daniel
Long Soldier, Roger Broer and Martin Red Bear will hang next to
those from the students at Mission's Sinte Gleska University and
the University of South Dakota.