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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


V R Janis

Exhibition June 28 - August 10, 2014

V R Janis, an enrolled member of the Bay Mills Ojibwe Tribe, is both an artist and author. Born in Hopewell, Virginia, V R moved to the Pine Ridge Reservation at a young age. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the Oglala Lakota College. She currently lives with her family in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she works full time as an artist, author, and lecturer.

She draws inspiration for her art from the world around her, including her family, culture, and life experiences. As a child growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, she would spend time exploring the open prairies and creating fantastical worlds. Beginning ten years ago, V R taught herself fine art photography. Her photographs capture Native culture and identity in a distinctive manner. She has recently expanded her range of media to include batik prints. In her written works, V R creates a unique and magical environment, blending Ojibwe and Lakota language and culture fantasy literature. She also provides lectures and workshops for those interested in learning more about Lakota and Ojibwe cultures.

Her artwork has been exhibited in the Red Cloud Indian Art Show in 2013 and 2014, as well as at the Rain Dancer Fine Art Gallery in Wall, South Dakota. In addition, V R has been awarded a Business Leadership Grant from the First People's Fund.

Prices for the artwork in the exhibition can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact V R Janis by mail at 1430 Haines Ave. Ste. 108 #370, Rapid City, SD 57701; via email at vrjanis@yahoo.com; or by phone at (605) 391-0401.

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 St., Rapid City, SD 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.

Dream Dancer

Dream Dancer. 2013.
2013 V R Janis
Breath of Life
Breath of Life
2013 V R Janis
Ishkode Shadows
Ishkode Shadows
2013 V R Janis

Tranqil Steps
Tranquil Steps
2009 Memory Ponicappo

Light Bibbon
Light Bibbon
2013 V R Janis

2013 V R Janis

Given Warmth
Given Warmth
2013 V R Janis

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