The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly houses numerous art exhibits to teach visitors of the history in our community and showcase their unique artistic vision and skills. Take a look at our current art exhibits on display, as well as the archive of past exhibits housed in The Journey Museum & Learning Center.
Wild Blue Yonder - The Story of Ellsworth Air Force Base
October 20 - January 7, 2018
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ellsworth AFB, Wild Blue Yonder - The Story of Ellsworth AFB takes visitors on a journey through more than seven decades of air force history in the Black Hills!
Beginning as Rapid City Army Air Base in 1942, Ellsworth AFB, re-named after Brigadier General Richard Ellsworth in 1953, experience the lasting impact of the base in the Rapid City community.
Take your picture with Bismarck, the base dog and design your own Air Force emblem! From the Cold War era to present day, explore the storied past of South Dakota's only military base. Learn more about the Minute Man Missile facilities, B-1 Bombers and everything in between!
Sioux Indian Museum Artist Exhibit - April Holder
October 6 - January 5, 2018
The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board features an exhibit of artwork by April Holder. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Ms. Holder is a skilled emerging artist who works primarily in mixed media portraits. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. An enrolled member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, she currently resides in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Personal and historical memories provide the inspiration for much of Ms. Holder’s work. As a child, Ms. Holder was naturally attracted to the arts, and she has been working in portraiture for the past decade. The faces of her family members and friends often provide a starting point for her work. Exploring the narratives behind those faces is a central element of Ms. Holder’s art. Her work is rich with meaning, exploring themes such as the balance between a traditional upbringing and the embrace of contemporary influences, and the strength and endurance of the female spirit. The fabric and threads that are often incorporated into her mixed media a works are a reference to her tribe’s history of creating ribbon work in traditional dress.
Ms. Holder received the Powers Award at the 2014 Red Cloud Indian Art Show as well as the Purchase Award in the 2011 Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Red Cloud Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, South Dakota and the Imago Mundi, Treviso, Italy. This exhibition will mark the first solo show of her work in a museum setting.
Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Ms. Holder via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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