‘Modern-Day Storyteller’ collection on display

'Modern-Day Storyteller' collection on display The University of South Dakota is pleased to present a retrospective art exhibition titled "Donald Montileaux: Modern-Day Storyteller" on exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts until June 23.

"Modern-Day Storyteller" includes 60 paintings and drawings created between 1969 and 2003 by acclaimed Oglala Lakota artist Donald Montileaux.

The exhibition explores the artist's development, beginning with the hard edgework begun in his student days at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe.� Under the tutelage of Herman Red Elk, Montileaux subsequently moved into pictographic-based work.

Today, at the height of his career, Montileaux's work integrates his primary styles enriched by inspiration from Oscar Howe and other Northern Plains Indian artists.

"Storytelling to the native people around the world is essential to the carrying on of their culture," Montileaux said. "Before language and writing of words, a storyteller was also an image maker. In this way, they were able to maintain the history of their society.�I am an image maker in this century."

Born in Pine Ridge, Montileaux is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe.�He attended college at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, and the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM.

Montileax began aggressively pursuing his artistic dream in 1980 and has subsequently received over 20 awards and commissions and participated in more than 25 major art shows. His art illustrates the covers of six books and he has produced artwork that orbited the world on the space shuttle Endeavour.�

"Donald Montileaux: Modern-Day Storyteller" is co-sponsored by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School and the University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota. The South Dakota Arts Council provided support for the exhibition with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Sunday, June 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.�

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