Amiotte exhibit on display at USD The University of South Dakota presents the "Arthur Amiotte Retrospective: Continuity and Diversity" exhibit at the Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts between June 7 and 30.
A public reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. Amiotte will give a gallery talk about the exhibition at 3:30 p.m.
"Continuity and Diversity" includes over 60 paintings, fabric pieces, and collages created between 1967 and the present by Amiotte, an internationally acclaimed Lakota artist. The exhibition explores six phases of the artist's development and is the most comprehensive show of his works to date.
Works in the exhibition have been assembled from over 20 collections including major loans from the Akta Lakota Museum, Chamberlain; The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge; the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, Crazy Horse; and the artist.
Amiotte was born in 1942 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The noted Yanktonai Painter, Oscar Howe, was an early mentor for the young artist. Amiotte earned a bachelor's degree in art education and a master of interdisciplinary studies in anthropology, religion, and art and is the recipient of two honorary doctorates.
His stature as an educator and artist has been recognized by appointments to prestigious boards and councils including the Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Presidential Advisory Council for the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center.
He also has served as a trustee of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at Cody, WY, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Native American Art Studies Association, as a commissioner of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and as a member of the Council of Regents of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Amiotte is the recipient of an impressive array of awards including an Arts International, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Artists at Giverny Fellowship, a Getty Foundation Grant, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, the South Dakota Governor's Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Arts, and the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Artist and Scholar from the Native American Art Studies Association.
Amiotte has over 100 exhibitions to his credit including over 20 solo shows. His work is included in 18 public and nearly 100 private collections.
The Arthur Amiotte Retrospective is cosponsored by the Akta Lakota Museum at St. Joseph's Indian School, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, the Journey Museum in Rapid City, Northern Galleries at Northern State University, the South Dakota Art Museum, the University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota, and the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts.