The Sioux Indian Museum To Feature Artwork By Renell White Buffalo

May 9, 2017

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of artwork by Renelle White Buffalo. The exhibition will run from May 26 to July 28, 2017. On May 26, an opening reception will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The artist will be available to discuss her work during the reception. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public.

Renelle White Buffalo, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was born and raised in South Dakota. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Iowa State University. Currently she resides in New York City, where she works full-time as a professional artist.

She creates a broad range of works, including paintings on canvas, monotypes, and mixed media sculptures. Her color palette is often drawn from the environment around her. Currently, she is experimenting with colors inspired by her recent residency at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Both the natural and cultural history of the South Dakota prairies provide her with additional inspiration for her work. In her paintings, Renelle transforms traditional Lakota symbolism into contemporary abstract artwork, allowing the composition to create a cross-cultural conversation. The bold and confidently-layered brushstrokes of acrylic paint incorporate personal meaning and connections to her Native American roots. Her work challenges the stereotypes and redefines the perceptions of being indigenous today, both on and off the reservation.

Renelle’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Exposure Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. This exhibition marks the first time her works have been shown 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 Renelle White Buffalo through her website,

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation please call (605) 394-6923.

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