Oct 8, 2012

FVCC Brings South Dakota's Red Cloud Heritage Center Collection to Kalispell

Kalispell—The Red Cloud Heritage Center Collection is coming to Kalispell.   After negotiating with The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., the Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) Art Department will welcome to its campus a selection of the collection featuring over four decades of Native American contemporary paintings.

The community is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening on October 18 at Flathead Valley Community College which will feature representatives from the Salish Kootenai, Blackfeet and Maori nations.

The Heritage Center Collection began with the purchase of three prize-winning pieces from the center’s Red Cloud Indian Art Show in 1969 and has grown today to include nearly 10,000 pieces of Native American contemporary art and historical Lakota art that dates back to the early 1800s.  The entire collection includes paintings, textiles, traditional art, historical items, pottery and sculpture, as well as a library and historical archives.  The exhibit is the largest and longest running art show of its kind on a reservation solely for Native Americans.  Primarily showcased in a small and somewhat isolated rural setting, the collection is seldom seen outside South Dakota.

The show at FVCC will consist of 35 paintings selected by the college’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Resident Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard and Art Department Director John Rawlings.

“This is a truly unique situation where we get to showcase some of the finest paintings produced by Native Americans over the past 40 years and share them across cultures,” said Rawlings.  “We are proud to bring a portion of this spectacular exhibit to Montana.”

Free and open to the public, the opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Student Art Gallery inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.  The exhibition will remain up for viewing at no charge Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through November 16.  For more information, contact Rawlings at (406) 756-3896.