Oglala Lakota College (OLC) will host its 15th annual Summer Artist Series, “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” from June 11-August 31, beginning with Paulette Iron Crow, who will display her beadwork and offering demonstrations. The series will feature 12 Lakota artists throughout the summer, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OLC’s Historical Center located on the Piya Wiconi Administrative Campus of Oglala Lakota College, 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 our own people and the people of other cultures and places to the richness and the importance of the arts to the Lakota culture, traditions and history.
The schedule of artists featured each week include:
June 11-15 Paulette Iron Crow—Beadwork
June 18-22 Michael Milk—Silver Jewelry
June 25-29 Tilda Long Soldier-St. Pierre—Beadwork
July 2-6 Richard Underbaggage—Pottery/Painting
July 9-13 Janessa Garnette—Beadwork
July 16-20 Asa Conroy—Acrylics
July 23-27 Joy Lynn Parton—Beadwork/Hand Painted Fashions
July 30-Aug 3 Ernest Libby/Amanda Wheeler—Beadwork & Regalia
August 6-10 Luke Dubray—Beadwork & Quillwork
Aug 13-17 Richard Brown—Beadwork & Leather Work
Aug 20-24 Richard Red Owl—Acrylic on Canvas
Aug 27-31 Carmelita Gibbons—Acrylic on Canvas
“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,” said President Thomas Shortbull. He adds, “Our goal is also to expand the market for the Lakota artists and to inspire many talented Lakota to pursue their talent in the arts.”
A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists coincides with the 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 in 1890. An audiotape of this history provides greater meaning to the displays. The Historical Center is opens full-time from June 11 to August 31, 2018, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Historical Center will be closed July 4. Admission is free.