Mary T. Hercher
February 22 - April 24, 2015
Mary T. Hercher is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Born in Kadoka, South Dakota, Mary was raised in the Black Hills region. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from South Dakota State University. After retiring as an educator, she now lives in Black Hawk, South Dakota, where she pursues her photography career.
Mary began taking photographs at the age of 12, when she received her first camera as a birthday present. Over the years she has dedicated much of her time to studying the elements that make up an exceptional photograph. She draws inspiration from the family photos received from her grandmother and from her surrounding natural landscapes. Mary enjoys taking photographs of places, plants, and animals that are culturally significant. She took her first photography class in 2002, and began to undertake photography as a serious endeavor in 2012. Using a Canon 7D, along with a variety of lenses, her photographs capture contemporary aspects of the natural world. Most of her photographs are taken in western South Dakota. Her love of the land and sense of connection to the Badlands, Black Hills, and surrounding prairies enhance the themes and quality of her work.
In 2014 her artwork was exhibited in the Dahl Arts Center’s Mountain Art Show, and at the Gathering of People, Wind, and Water in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2014, her image “Flame Skimmer” was also featured on a South Dakota winery label.
Mary’s exhibited artwork is available for purchase through The Journey Museum Store, 605-394-2201, until April 24, 2015. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Mary T. Hercher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (605) 430-2347.
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.
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