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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota

Silverwork in contemporary form by Paul Szabo and Matt Tucker

July 26 - Sept 16, 2009

Paul SzaboPaul Szabo - Pehan Manni (Walking Crane), an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is an accomplished silversmith. He has created work in silver for over 30 years, and devoted the past 19 years full time to his gift. Primarily self taught, Szabo developed his talent to the highest degree. Life on the reservation, the northern plains motif, and Zuni and Hopi metal smiths have influenced his techniques. He takes a more contemporary approach to his designs, while incorporating Lakota symbolism, which makes his work unique and distinctive. His work is comprised of hand-fabricated and cast gold and silver, various stones, and natural materials. Most of his overlay designs are spiritual in nature.

After graduating from high school, Szabo attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD where he earned a B.S.E degree in History and a minor in art. He taught on and near the Rosebud Reservation for 10 years. He retired from teaching in1991 and focused on his art full time.

Szabo's work has received numerous awards and recognitions in regional and national markets. Some of his work was shown at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D. C.

Matt TuckerMatt Tucker - Wahacanka To (Blue Shield), is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. After graduating from Todd County High School in Mission, SD in 1995, he began his career in law enforcement and worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. He started as a dispatcher and quickly advanced to the position of Supervisory Special Agent.

After 13 years in law enforcement he decided it was time to make a change in his life. The change involved the creative side of his character. Coming from a family of artisans of many mediums, Tucker chose silver work. As a teen he worked alongside his father, Paul Szabo, in his studio. His father encouraged him to try his hand at silversmithing16 months ago, and as a result Tucker is very satisfied with his new career.

Tucker's work combines metal elements infused with various stones and natural materials, such as horn and bone, worked into contemporary designs. His design concepts are constantly evolving and he anxiously waits to see which direction they take him.

Prices of work for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at 605-394-2201. After the exhibit closes contact the artists at Soldier Woman Gallery, PO Box 906, Mission, SD 57555; 605-856-4548; email pszabostudio@hotmail.com.

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

Wild Horse Bracelet by Matt Tucker
Wild Horse Bracelet
Sterling silver, pipestone, mother of pearl, Arizona wild horse stone
©2009 Matt Tucker

Contemporary art by Paul Szabo and Matt Tucker
Double Face Woman
Necklace & earrings - sterling overlay with dentalium shell
©2009 Paul Szabo

Contemporary art by Paul Szabo and Matt Tucker
Sterling silver, buffalo horn, mother of pearl, sugilite
©2009 Matt Tucker

Contemporary art by Paul Szabo and Matt Tucker
Necklace, earrings & bracelet
Mediterranean Oxblood red coral & sterling silver
©2009 Paul Szabo

Contemporary art by Paul Szabo and Matt Tucker
Turtle Necklace
Turtle 14k gold with chrysoprase (Australian jade) and jade
Necklace chrysoprase and jade with gold fill beads and tea-dyed ultra-bone hairpipe
©2009 Paul Szabo



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