Contemporary American Indian artist Richard Red Owl was born in 1940 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is a member of the Oglala Sioux Nation and is self-taught as an artist, painter and drum maker.
Lakota artist Roger Broer born in 1945 lives and works in Hill City, South Dakota. Broer prefers a “modified form of monotype using oil paints” to create richly stylized images portraying human figures.
Both artists’ works convey an intensive introspective creativity while also focusing on harmony of race.
Broer and Red Owl are represented in numerous private and public collections and are the recipients of several prestigious awards. They have exhibited their art nationally, and Broer abroad as well. They are among the nine original members of the Dream Catchers Artist Guild founded in 1983.
Roger Broer and Richard Red Owl will be at The Brinton Museum on Thursday, September 8, to present a Gallery Talk at 6:30 PM.
An artists’ reception to meet the Artists in Residence, Richard Red Owl & Roger Broer and Angela Babby takes place on Saturday, September 10, from 5 to 7 PM. This reception is offered free and open to the public.
The Brinton Museum is grateful to the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation, Tucker Foundation, Mars Foundation, Bernard Family Foundation and the Wyoming Arts Council for their generous support of the museum’s exhibits and related educational programs.
Richard Red Owl
Born in 1940 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Richard Red Owl is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Self-taught and influenced by Oscar Howe, Hobart Keith, and others, Red Owl has developed a variety of distinct styles ranging from his fabulous contemporary work to realism, documentation, and the abstract, working primarily with acrylic on canvas which he feels works well for his artistic style.
Red Owl has shown his work in several states, including participation in the Northern Plains Indian Market for 31 years and annual participation in the Red Cloud Art Show in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, collecting numerous awards and accolades along the way.
In the late 1960’s Red Owl helped found the Oglala Sioux Sioux Artists Association and later the Dreamcatchers Society. Richard resides with his family near Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Born in 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska, Roger Broer was removed from his Lakotan mother and placed in an orphanage. Later, he returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation and earned a Bachelor of Arts with an extended Fine Arts Degree in 1972 from then Eastern Montana College. Broer has multiple credit hours toward an MFA at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. A full-time print maker, painter and sculptor since 1979, Roger Broer has exhibited his work in many solo exhibitions and numerous group shows throughout the United States and Europe as well as conducting workshops and mentoring young artists.
Broer’s work can be found in both national and international collections, including the Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.; Oglala Sioux Tribal Health Services Hospital, Pine Ridge, SD; Mountain Bell, Denver, CO; SAFECO Insurance Company of America, Seattle, WA; SEAFIRST Bank Corp., Seattle, WA; Northern Plains Tribal Arts, American Indian Services Inc., Sioux Falls, SD; South Dakota State Buildings Acquisition, Pierre, SD; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE; ATKA Lakota Museum, Chamberlain, SD; Red Cloud Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, SD; Indian Museum of North America, Crazy Horse, SD; and Pierre Cardin, Paris, France.
Broer serves on the acquisition boards at the ATKA Lakota Museum in Chamberlain, SD, and Crazy Horse Memorial’s Indian Museum of North America in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and he serves on advisory or executive boards at Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota State Arts Council, and Native People of the Plains.
Broer resides in Hill City, SD.