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Artist Conversation: Rhonda Holy Bear

Thurs, Jun 27 | 6:00–7:00



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Rhonda Holy Bear, Wakah Wayuphika Win, Making with Exceptional Skills Woman

Join Lakota artist Rhonda Holy Bear and curator Andrew Hamilton for a conversation about her intricate figurative sculptures and the cross-generational stories that inspire her work

About the Artist

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Rhonda Holy Bear is a Lakota artist and story keeper. An expert in traditional dollmaking techniques, Holy Bear has been awarded “Best in Show” three times in major Native art competitions for Lakota Honor - Sees The Horses Woman - SuWakan Ayutan Win, a work recently acquired by the Art Institute. Born in 1959 on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, Holy Bear moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she studied Plains Indian culture by visiting the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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