Oglala Lakota College Announces Summer Artist Series

Jun 6th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive


Oglala Lakota College (OLC) opens its 13th Annual “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” summer artist series with featured artist Alvin Iron Cloud and his wood sculptures. He will be displaying his artwork and offering demonstrations from June 13-17, 2016.

The summer artist series runs from June 13 through September 2, 2016, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The series features 12 Oglala Lakota artists at OLC’s Historical Center located at the college’s administrative headquarters six miles southwest of Kyle, South Dakota. The series promotes public awareness of the arts of the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge reservation and the surrounding area, educating on the richness and the importance of the arts to Lakota culture and traditions.

“We are pleased with the amount of visitors who stopped by the Historical Center since our opening in 2003 as they traveled through the Badlands and to Wounded Knee. 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 artisans 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, the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the American Indian College Fund through the Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Art Forms and Knowledge Grant.

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 1800s to the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. An audiotape of this history provides greater meaning to the displays.

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