Native Art Market’s Sixth Year Brought Art, Film, Fashion & Culture

Best of Show & Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice: Keith BraveHeart, Untitled (Wateca Sni)


Published July 26, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Native POP: People of the Plains art market and cultural celebration is a two day event that started with an awards reception Friday July 20 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 20th  by noon.

Publicity Award: Joanne Brings Thunder, My Mom

The Best of Show went to Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota) for a painting titled Untitled (Wateca Sni). The piece depicts a Lakota Grandmother and her granddaughter standing in front of the Golden Corral restaurant. Joanne Brings Thunder (Eastern Shoshone), won the Publicity award for her painting titled My Mom. The People’s Choice award went to Martin Red Bear (Oglala/Sicangu Lakota). This year’s judges were Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Sina Bear Eagle (Oglala Lakota), and Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Lakota). Here is a list of the 2018 award winners:


Best of Show & Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice: 
Keith BraveHeart, Untitled (Wateca Sni)
Best of Division I, Adornment: Nelda Schrupp, Prairie Rose Ring
Best of Division II, Two Dimensional: Henry Payer, Prisons of Grass II
Best of Division III, Three Dimensional: 
Karis Jackson, Blessing of a Leader
Best of Emerging: 
Kaylie Hairychin, When Life Catches You in the Clouds
Innovation Award: 
Susan Hudson, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492
Publicity Award: Joanne Brings Thunder, My Mom
Special Award – Division I, Adornment
Molina Parker,  Han Hepi Luta
Debbie Rattling Leaf, Dragonfly Breastplate Necklace
Brian Szabo, Bison Basketweave
Molina ParkerBird Song 
Emil Her Many Horses, Floral Dress and Purse
Special Award – Division II, Two Dimensional
Keith BraveHeart,  Remnants of Identity (People of the Plains)
Charles Her Many Horses, Untitled  
Jennifer White, Always on Watch
Roger Broer, Worlds Collide
Marlena Myles, Unci Maka says, “Don’t make those without their minds famous.”
Special Award – Division III, Three Dimensional
Nelda Schrupp, Mom’s Satchel
Emilie Ravenshead, Kids Coat
Caroline Ravenshead, Quilled Doll
Brian Szabo, Elk After Knife
Karis Jackson, My Daughter’s Dollies Cradle
Special Award – Emerging
Stan HawkinsTatonka Wanapi (Buffalo Breastplate)
Haley Greenfeather English, End of the Trail…Sike!!
Joanne Brings Thunder, Chief
People’s Choice  –  Martin Red Bear

Peter Strong, chair of Native POP’s organizing committee, commented on the artists and the event, “The artwork that was submitted Friday was on par with any other show in the country, and featured amazing work from both established and emerging artists. It reflects the depth and breadth of Native cultures in the region, as well as the skill and quality of expression that artists share through their work. This year’s event raised the bar on so many levels as we continue to strive to put Great Plains Native creativity on a national stage right here in Rapid City.”

Day two of Native POP began on Saturday, July 21 with a prayer and a procession called a “grand entry” with dancers and a drum group at Main Street Square. Native veteran color guard bring in and honor the US and tribal nation flags accompanied by dancers exhibiting different styles of regalia and dance movement. The art market created opportunities for people to buy directly from the artists. The cultural celebration included a full schedule with cultural bearers sharing knowledge and doing demonstrations, a fashion show featuring local Native clothing designers and a Native film showcase. The film showcase and fashion show returned for the third year and both were met with large crowds. Two non-profit groups, the Rolling Rez Arts Unit and the Cheyenne River Youth Project, were also set up near the artists to encourage youth to take an interest in art. Native POP closed its sixth year early and cancelled their scheduled free evening concert due to a massive rainstorm. If you missed this year’s festivities, you’ll have to make plans to come next summer. The Native POP art market and cultural celebration continues to grow and there is no other event that brings together this expansive diversity of Native cultural and creative expression.

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