FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015 - RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA. The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will feature an exhibit of paintings and mixed media art by Paul High Horse. The exhibition will run from July 10 to September 18, 2015. On July 10, an opening reception will be held for the exhibit from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The artist will be available to discuss his work during the reception. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public.
Paul High Horse, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is a skilled painter and mixed media artist. The son of Bryant High Horse and Sara Margery Horse, Paul was born in Neptune, New Jersey. At the age of three, Paul’s parents relocated to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota so that their children could be immersed in their native culture. He lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation until he left to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he completed both a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and a Master of Education degree. Paul currently lives with his family in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, where works full time as a secondary school art teacher and an artist.
Art has been an important component of Paul’s life since childhood. It was not until 2008, however, that he began concentrating on the creation of his own artwork and sharing it with a public audience. Inspiration for Paul’s artwork comes from the symbols, traditions, and values inherent in Lakota culture. Circles are a common visual element in Paul’s paintings due to the prominence of the circle in Lakota art and culture. Paul uses a variety of media in his work including acrylics, archival inks, and watercolors. Many of his pieces are executed on wooden panels, but he also uses canvas and paper as media for his artwork. His art incorporates a modern approach to the rich historical context of the Lakota people.
Paul has received several awards for his work, including Best Emerging Artist at the 2014 Gathering of People, Wind, and Water, A Native art market and cultural celebration, in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Best Two Person Show at the 2014 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards in Nebraska. This exhibit marks the first display of Paul’s artwork in a museum setting.
Prices for the artwork in the exhibition can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Paul High Horse by email at email@example.com.
The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, SD 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation please call (605) 394-6923.