January - April 2019

The Business of Business

“The Business of Business” exhibit, features 10 local businesses that have been operating for 50 years or more. The opening night was Friday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m., and the exhibit ran through April.

Every business starts out as a small business, but only 50 percent survive past the first five years. So you can imagine the strength and persistence it takes for a business to thrive after the better part of a century.

Some of these businesses were affected by the Great Depression, WWII, and Rapid City’s 1972 Flood. 

But despite it all, they flourished and grew with the community, helping make Rapid City what it is today.

Featured Businesses: Black Hills Energy, Brass Rail, Grimm’s Pump and Industrial Supply, Haggerty’s Musicworks, Montana-Dakota Utilities, Reptile Gardens, Royal Wheel Alignment, Servall Uniform, and Linen Supply, Simpsons Printing, Whisler Bearing Co.

Troy Kilpatrick, executive director of The Journey Museum and Learning Center, says it’s important to recognize that these businesses are economic drivers for the community. “Jobs create opportunities for communities to grow.”

Business leaders will meet with the public on Jan. 11 – the exhibit’s opening night. Come enjoy photos and artifacts that illustrate their stories. Opening night is also a great chance to get one-on-one time with the curators who made the exhibit possible.

Curators solicited over 100 local businesses that have remained active in Rapid City for more than 50 years with the same name or in the same family - excluding nonprofits and outside corporate entities with offices in Rapid City.

“The Business of Business” runs through April and is a collaboration between The Journey Museum and Learning Center and the Minnilusa Historical Association (MHA).

The MHA’s mission is to preserve the pioneer history of the Black Hills region. As one of the museum’s collection partners, they have continued to collaborate in temporary exhibits at The Journey and are excited to celebrate the histories of local businesses.

Angela Two Stars

April 26 - July 12

Tammy Eagle Hunter is a Lakota artist who uses bold colors and imagery to convey a message of cultural strength and resilience.  Born and raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation, Ms. Eagle Hunter currently resides in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.  As the Youth Programs Director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, she works with children to bring art into their daily lives.

A self-taught artist, Tammy developed her artistic techniques through trial and error.  She sees her artistic development as a lifelong journey in which she is constantly fine-tuning her artistic vision and developing new skills and techniques.  Working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas she often incorporates spray paint and graffiti into her artwork.  Some of these graffiti techniques were borrowed from the young people that she works with at the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Spontaneity is a key element of Eagle Hunter’s work.  She often begins a painting with no preconceived notions about the subject matter, preferring instead to allow ideas to flow naturally onto the canvas.  Through her artwork, she hopes to remind the children in her community of the strength, resilience, and honor found in Lakota culture. 

Tammy’s artwork has been featured at the 2016 Native POP: People of the Plains – A Gathering of Arts and Culture Market and she was awarded first place at the 2015 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Labor Day Artist Market and Exhibit.  This exhibition marked the first time her works have been shown in a museum setting. 


May 17 - August 11, 2019

The exhibit is the story of discovery and its consequences for the Black Hills and those who call them home.

The history of the Black Hills is deeply rooted in the lives of two groups: Lakotas and pioneers. The Custer Expedition of 1874 changed the lives of both when gold was discovered, with very different outcomes for the two groups.

Following the discovery of gold by the Custer Expedition, the U.S. government seized the Black Hills under The Agreement of 1877. This act was a clear violation of the 1868 Treaty of Ft. Laramie, which guaranteed the Great Sioux Nation all land in South Dakota west of the Missouri River in perpetuity.

With the opening of the Black Hills to settlement, the population boomed and led to the establishment of many of the region's best-known communities. Gold brought prosperity and western civilization to the region but resulted in the destruction of traditional Lakota culture and ultimately the Great Sioux War of 1876. 

We at The Journey Museum and Learning Center strive to tell the story of the Black Hills gold rush in a balanced, unbiased way. With the cooperation of multiple community groups and members, we are telling the story of discovery and change.

Storied Stone

July 19 - October 1

Dustin Twiss, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is an emerging artist who draws inspiration from the natural landscapes of western South Dakota.  He currently resides near Stronghold Table on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where he works as both an artist and rancher. 

Although Twiss is a self-taught artist, he has sought guidance from elder artists as he developed his own skills.  His current work is created using only colored pencils and paper.  Each piece begins with a small preparatory sketch, which is then transferred to a larger format for the final work.  Once Twiss is satisfied with the placement of all the outlines in the work, the final step is filling in the fields with colors. 

The animals and landscapes of South Dakota provide much of the inspiration for his current work.  He uses the natural patterns of the Fairburn agate, the state gem of South Dakota, as a background motif in his drawings.  As part of the Lakota philosophy of Mitákuye Oyás'iŋ, “we are all related,” Twiss hopes his work will inspire the viewer to ponder the relationships that exist between all living and nonliving things in the natural world. 

Brendon Albers, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, creates stone sculptures that reflect his Lakota heritage.  Raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation, he currently lives near Martin, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Albers discovered the beginnings of his artistic talent at age 14 when he took his first art class.  He began to blossom as an artist when his family was struck by tragedy.  While his brother was hospitalized with cancer, Albers carved his first stone sculpture and found his true life’s work.  Shortly thereafter, he made the commitment to pursue his artwork full-time. 

Inspired by Lakota cultural traditions and oral history, Albers carves his sculptures using only hand tools: hammers, chisels, and files.  Working primarily in alabaster from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Albers connects with preceding generations of sculptors by allowing the stone to share its inner vision.  


August 16 - October 14, 2019

The exhibit tells the story of the bison from the beginning, connecting cultures along the way, says Corey Christianson, the administration, exhibits and curation coordinator at The Journey Museum and Learning Center. 

“We’re talking about an animal that greatly influenced history and culture, both Native American and pioneer.”

The need for sustainability is also apparent in the exhibit, with the bison placed in the larger narrative of human interactions with natural resources. 

This is The Journey Museum and Learning Center’s first traveling exhibit, and this is the first time the exhibit will be in South Dakota.

“It’s great having the exhibit here because not only does it connect with our taxidermy section of the museum, but it’s also going to be up during the Buffalo Roundup held in Custer State Park in September,” Christianson says.

You can view BISON with admission to The Journey Museum and Learning Center - $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and FREE for members. This exhibit is toured by the National Buffalo Foundation in collaboration with Kauffman Museum, BisonExhibit.org.

From Field to Field

October 25, 2019 - January 2020

The exhibit will exemplify "Plein Air" artwork. Done outside, this artwork takes in the beauty surrounding the painter. Pollock and Randall were both part of the U.S. Army Combat Art Program as soldier artists during the Vietnam War, and their love of art never wavered. 

“These two artists are not only sharing their art, but also some of their tools of the trade,” says Corey Christianson, the administration, exhibits and curation coordinator at The Journey Museum and Learning Center.

Pollock says, “When all is said and done, I will have over 70 pieces of art on display. This is one of the largest selections of my art ever exhibited in a museum setting. Included in the exhibit along with a large selection of plein air pieces are illustrations, sketchbooks and intuitive pieces of art that are explorations beyond plein air.”

Some of the artwork in the exhibit will be for sale through the museum gift shop, the Journey Trading Co.

Song of the Sea

October 25, 2019 - January 2020

The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), will host a special exhibition, Song of the Sea: Carvings of St. Lawrence Island. The exhibit features the artwork of Alaska Native carvers Edwin Noongwook, Ike Kulowiyi, and Ben Pungowiyi. The exhibition runs from October 25, 2019 through Jan. 20, 2020.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, has been home to Yupik people and their tradition of ivory and bone carving for thousands of years. Prehistoric carvings served both utilitarian and ceremonial purposes. With the arrival of Euro-American sailors and traders in the nineteenth century, Yupik carvers created decorative pieces for sale and trade. These traditions have continued and evolved to the present day. 

In addition to highlighting the outstanding work of these three contemporary Yupik carvers, the goal of this exhibition is to enlighten the public about the tremendous cultural and economic importance of Alaska Native walrus ivory and bone carving.

This issue is also addressed in the IACB’s "Alaska Native Ivorybrochure, https://www.doi.gov/iacb, which clarifies the legal rights of Alaska Natives to harvest walrus and carve and sell walrus ivory and bone art and craftwork, and differentiates their source of economic livelihood from the African elephant ivory ban.

Some of the artwork in the exhibit will be for sale through the museum gift shop, the Journey Trading Co.
Edwin Noongwook, an enrolled member of the Native Village of Savoonga, first began carving in high school under the tutelage of master carvers such as Alexander Akeya. He further refined his craft with guidance from his friend and fellow carver Ronald Apangalook of Gambell.

Noongwook creates his carvings from baleen and new walrus ivory. He is one of the few Savoonga carvers who regularly creates dynamic human forms, including fishermen, dancers, and hunters. There is a fluid gracefulness to his pieces, capturing the motion of both people and animals in his work. 

Ike Kulowiyi
, an enrolled member of the Native Village of Savoonga, began carving at the age of 12, learning the art form from his grandfather, Albert Kulowiyi. He left St. Lawrence Island to attend school in Fairbanks, later moving to Oregon and Indiana. Eventually, he returned to Savoonga to help support his family. 

As a boat crew captain, Kulowiyi hunts whales and walruses for family subsistence purposes. These activities provide him with great insight into the forms and motions of marine animals, and he conveys this intimate knowledge in his artwork. He is best known for his intricate carvings of whales, seals, underwater scenes, and shamanic transformations. 

Ben Pungowiyi, an enrolled member of the Native Village of Savoonga, is a skilled carver whose artistic career began at age 6 under the tutelage of his grandfather, Donald Pungowiyi. As he progressed through elementary school, his father Ivan Pungowiyi and Edwin Noongwook the elder helped him further develop his skills. After attending high school in Fairbanks, Ben joined the army, eventually returning to his home in Savoonga in 2006. 

Pungowiyi experience hunting sea mammals since childhood gradually inspired him to begin carving walruses. He excels in depicting them, and his incredibly lifelike and anatomically detailed walrus sculptures are highly prized by collectors today. Ben also works in fossilized whalebone, creating large and elegant works of contemporary art. 

The Journey Museum and 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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