August 30, 2022 - December 31, 2022
This exhibition highlights the work of Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota). Renowned for her exquisite sculpture, Holy Bear engages in the indigenous tradition of dollmaking, using painstaking micro-beading and other meticulous processes to create her intricate, highly detailed works. These pieces convey far more than technical virtuosity, they are also visual storytellers. Rhonda Holy Bear observes that storytelling is key to her practice, stating “Stories have always played an integral role in the preservation of our native culture.” From the use of indigenous materials and techniques to her choices in visual imagery, Holy Bear’s art deeply engages with family histories, and each aspect of her work conveys significant meaning. This exhibition explores the artist’s creative practice through an intimate selection of her works throughout the past 30 years of her career.
Guest Curated by Sara Woodbury
The Barry Art Museum is grateful to artist Rhonda Holy Bear, the Exhibition Advisory Committee, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, and Susan and David Goode for their generosity and collaborative spirit in creating this exhibit.
Related Programming: U-Nite After Hours Programming, November 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
Exhibition Advisory Committee:
- Keith Anderson, Assistant Chief of the Nansemond Indian Nation
- Rhonda Holy Bear, Featured Artist, Lakota Nation
- Steven Grafe, Curator of Art, Maryhill Museum of Art
- Charlotte Potter Kasic, Executive Director, Barry Art Museum
- Drew Lopenzina, Professor of Early American and Native American Literature, Old Dominion University
- Sara Woodbury, PhD candidate at William and Mary