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Northern Plains Indian Art Market Winners 2022

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Angela Babby

Best of show: Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), “Land Back: To Preserve the Humanity.”

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) is back in person. The art market featured a select number of fewer than 30 stellar artists in a town that has been steadily growing and flexing its artistic vision.

“There’s a lot of diversity here,” says Ashley Pourier (Oglala Lakota), curator at the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School. “The artists are evolving their subject matter and techniques. It’s inspiring to see.”

Each fall since 1988, this art market has showcased Northern Plains artwork in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The most populous city in the state—and rapidly growing and diversifying—Sioux Falls is located in eastern South Dakota near the Iowa and Minnesota border.

“Sinte Gleska College has been sponsoring the market since 2004,” says Debra Bordeaux (Oglala Lakota), vice-president of institutional advancement at Sinte Gleska. The college hosts this market to bring Northern Plains Indigenous artwork to new audiences.

Angela Babby

Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), “Land Back: To Preserve the Humanity,” 2022, vitreous enamel glass mosaic.

“Due to the pandemic, we haven’t had the market for three years,” Bordeaux says. “It was touch and go, but we had people lined up out the door to get in this morning. I’m glad we have the collectors here.” The college hosts this market to bring Northern Plains Indigenous artwork to new audiences.

Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota) won Best of Show for her portrait Land Back: To Preservice the Humanity. She fired vitreous enamel glass mosaic in her electric kiln, then mounted it on tile board. The enigmatic portrait of an historic Plains man wearing a locket with a woman’s likeness—a portrait within a portrait—combines realistic elements with abstract textures of some of Angela’s favorite types of glass. The iridescent mountains shimmer when viewed from different angles. Based in Billings, Montana, Babby exhibits throughout the American West.

Best of Tribal Arts went to Janyce Trask (Oglala Lakota) for her intricately sewn quilt, Looking Over the MMIW, featuring angels and butterfly imagery in translucent layers that honor the memories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Janyce Trask

Best of Tribal Arts: Janyce Trask (Oglala Lakota), “Looking Over the MMIW,” quilt

Kevin  Pourier (Oglala Lakota) won Best of Fine Arts for his inlaid buffalo horn concho belt, Lakota Medicine Belt, featuring botanical designs.

Kevin Pourier

Best of Fine Arts: Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota), detail of “Lakota Medicine Belt,” inlaid buffalo horn

Northern Plains Indian Art Market 2022 Division Winners

Best of Show: Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), Land Back: T0 Preserve Humanity
Best of Tribal Arts: Janyce Trask (Oglala Lakota), Looking Over the MMIW
Best of Fine Arts: Kevin and Valerie Pourier (both Oglala Lakota), Lakota Medicine Belt

Division 1: Oil & Acrylic Paintings
1st Place: Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Who Got the Ball
2nd Place: Terrance Guardipee (Blackfeet), Creator Sun and Mother Moon
3rd Place: Jennifer White (Arikara), Sisters

Dwayne Wilcox

First place, oil & acrylic paintings: Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), “Who Got the Ball”

Division II: Watercolor, Tempera, Gouache & Casein
1st Place: no award
2nd Place: no award
3rd Place: no award

Division III: Pencil, Ink, Crayon, Pastel, Charcoal, Chalk & Scratchboard
1st Place: Wade Patton (Oglala Lakota), Red Cloud
2nd Place: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), Autumn Glory
3rd Place: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), Nearly Twilight

Division IV: Printmaking
1st Place: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), Calling the Buffalo
2nd Place: no award
3rd Place: no award

First place, printmaking: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), “Calling the Buffalo,” embossed paper with gold leaf.

Division V: Three-Dimensional, Additive Process
1st Place: Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Stolen from Andy
2nd Place: no award
3rd Place: no award

Division VI: Three-Dimensional, Subtractive Process
1st Place: Alfred Decoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Bear Clan
2nd Place: Wayne R. Gunville (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Water Protector “Eagle Claws”
3rd Place: Alfred Decoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Spirit Walker

Division VII: Jewelry & Decorative Metalwork
1st Place: Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota), Monarch Nation
2nd Place: Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota), Inlaid Silver Bracelet
3rd Place: Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota), The Set

Division VIII: Mixed Media, Fine Arts 2D & 3D
1st Place: Henry Payer (Winnebago), Appliqué Dancer
2nd Place: Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), Study for Lakota Tree of Life
3rd Place: Jim Yellow Hawk (Itazipco Lakota/Onondaga), Keeping Strong During Uncertain Times

Henry Payer

First place, mixed media, fine arts: Henry Payer (Winnebago), “Appliqué Dancer,” paper collage

Division IX: Pottery
1st Place: no award
2nd Place: no award
3rd Place: no award

Division X: Digital & Computer-Generated
1st Place: Marlena Myles (Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee), Under the Guidance of Hanud
2nd Place: Marlena Myles (Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee), ProtecingtheGenerations:WoDakhota
3rd Place: Marlena Myles (Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee), Protecting the Generations: Wichohan

Division XI: Traditional-Style Beadwork
1st Place: Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Red Buffalo Horse Mark
2nd Place: Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Grandma’s Favorite
3rd Place: Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Remembering MMIW/Red Dress Special

Division XII: Contemporary Beadwork
1st Place: Patricia Belgarde (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Warriors
2nd Place: Patricia Belgarde (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), The Gift I
3rd Place: Patricia Belgarde (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), The Scream: We Gotta Move

Division XIII: Porcupine Quillwork
1st Place: no award
2nd Place: no award
3rd Place: no award

Division XIV: Quilts
1st Place: Carol Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Sunburst
2nd Place: Carol Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Sunflower
3rd Place: Carol Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), Crossing Turtle

Carol Wilcox

First place, quilts: Carol Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), “Sunflower,” quilt

Division XV: Textile & Fabric Items
1st Place: Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota), Contemporary Skirt
2nd Place: Linda Szabo (Sicangu Lakota), Poncho
3rd Place: Alexandra Romero-Frederick (Oglala Lakota),  Inspired by Grandma’s Quilt

Nelda Schrupp

First place, textiles: Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota), “Contemporary Skirt,” ribbon skirt with gauze

Division XVI: Handmade Dolls
1st Place: Molina Jo Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota), Wanahca Waste Win
2nd Place: Stephanie Sorbel (Oglala Lakota), Going to Town
3rd Place:  no award

Division XVII: Traditional Painting
1st Place: Awanigizhik Bruce (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Parfleche Pipe Case
2nd Place: Jim Yellow Hawk (Itazipco Lakota/Onondaga), Dance to Honor Life
3rd Place: Jim Yellow Hawk (Itazipco Lakota/Onondaga), Horse Good Woman Bugle Call

Awanigizhik Bruce

First Place, traditional painting: Awanigizhik Bruce (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), “Parfleche Pipe Case,” rawhide, tanned hide, pigment

Division XVIII: Mixed Media, Tribal Arts
1st Place: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), Geometric Ladies Purse
2nd Place: Jerry Fogg (Yankton), Scalloped Bag
3rd Place: Jackie Sevier (Northern Arapaho), Long Fringed Floral Bag

Division XIV: Mixed Media, 3D
1st Place: Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota)
2nd Place: Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
3rd Place: Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota)

Dwayne Wilcox

First place, Mixed Media, 3D: Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), wooden box with parfleche designs, brass tacks

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