Native art market celebrates its fifth year with awards reception and art market

Published July 17, 2017

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – The Native POP: People of the Plains art market and cultural celebration began it’s fifth year Friday evening, July 14, with an awards presentation and artist reception at the Dahl Arts Center. The Native POP organizing committee appointed a select panel of experts to recognize achievement in four major categories: Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, Adornment, and Emerging. In addition, there are prizes for Innovation, People’s Choice and a Special Publicity award with $17,000 in total award money. Juried artists submitted their original art for judging on Friday, July 14th  by noon.

Native POP juried in over to 50 artists working in a diverse range of mediums and all of the work submitted for judging was remarkable. This year Best of Show and Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice Award went to Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota) for Love Trumps Hate, an enameled art glass mosaic. The piece depicts a native child adorned with beadwork holding her dog. Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota), won the Publicity award for his painting titled Kolas. The People’s Choice award went to Bonnie LeBeau (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe). Visitors voted in the competition during the market on Saturday.  Except for People’s Choice, the show’s $17,000 award winners were selected by a panel of judges that included Masayuki Nagase, Dixie Thompson, and Marty Two Bulls Jr. Here is a list of the 2017 award winners:

Best of Show: Angela Babby, Love Trumps Hate
Best of Division I, Adornment: Jhon Goes In Center, Lakota Parade Bridle
Best of Division II, Two Dimensional: Keith BraveHeart, Wade Patton, Marlena Myles, Yamni
Best of Division III, Three Dimensional: Brian Szabo, Wicapi Pte (Star Buffalo)
Best of Emerging: Tasha Abourezk, Made in honor of First Peoples Fund because they believed in me
Innovation Award: Tasha Abourezk, Made in honor of First Peoples Fund because they believed in me
Publicity Award: Keith BraveHeart, Kolas
Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice Award: Angela Babby, Love Trumps Hate

Special Award—Division I, Adornment 
Emil Her Many Horses, Floral Beaded Boots
Brian Szabo, Bison Skull Comb
Jhon Goes In Center, Makoce Nagi (Homeland Spirit)
Nelda Schrupp, Urban Rez Girl Necklace
Molina Parker, Flight

Special Award—Division II, Two Dimensional 
Micheal Two Bulls, Lakota Landscape
Roger Broer, Yuipi
Wade Patton, Prairie Fire
Keith BraveHeart, Kolas
Micheal Two Bulls, Historical Document

Special Award—Division III, Three Dimensional 
Jim Yellowhawk, The Great Race Among the 2 Legged and 4 Legged Around the Sapa
Evans Flammond, Sr., Good Hearts
Nelda Schrupp, Iktomys Teething Ring
Fredrick Clarin, Bound for Glory
Donald F. Montileaux, Seven Sisters

Special Award—Emerging 
Terran J. Kipp Last Gun, Nature & Napi (Unconquered Beinge)
Terran J. Kipp Last Gun, Sun, Moon, Morning Star
Mikayla Patton, That One Buffalo

People’s Choice – Bonnie LeBeau

Peter Strong, chair of Native POP’s organizing committee, commented on the artists and the event, “Native creativity is expressed in many ways, and Native POP strives to be a platform to lift up and highlight all the different forms it takes. Additionally, we are seeing progress in creating an opportunity for a growth in learning about Native cultures through arts and culture. This year the participating artists brought their best work that not only raised the bar but showed that they could compete in national or international art markets.”

Native POP is first and foremost a juried fine art show featuring established and emerging Native American artists but as a cultural celebration the event also featured performances throughout the day, cultural demonstrations, a film showcase, and a fashion show! The film showcase and fashion show returned for a second year. This year there were also three food trucks, Eddie’s Tacos RC, Tatanka Trail Burgers and More and Sergeant Poppers Kettle Korn and Lemonade. Native POP closed it’s fifth year this Saturday at Main Street Square with a free evening concert featuring Sons of Sans Arc and Miracle Dolls. This annual event continues to grow and is a great way to bring families and communities together.

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