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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.

December 7, 2014-February 8, 2015

Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr., an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is a skilled artist and painter. Born in Rosebud, South Dakota, and raised on the Rosebud Reservation, he now lives in Winner, South Dakota, with his family. Nelson holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sinte Gleska University.

Nelson began his career as a self-taught artist. Over time he learned additional techniques from other artists. Through the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Sinte Gleska University, Nelson further refined his techniques and style. Portraits of friends and family form the basis for much of Nelson's work. Working in oils, pastels, or charcoal, Nelson seeks to portray the beauty of life in his artwork. He typically works from photographs of his subjects, and his life-like portraits allow the viewer to see the subject though the artist's own eyes. The contemporary portraits he creates reflect the grace and beauty that can be found in humble surroundings.

His artwork has won first place awards at the Northern Plains Indian Art Market in both 2013 and 2014. Nelson's artwork can be found in the collections of several museums in South Dakota, including: The Red Cloud Heritage Center, Pine Ridge; the Akta Lakota Museum, Chamberlain; and the University Art Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

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 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr., by email at chasinghawknelson@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 please call (605) 394-6923.

Grandma Highhrock

Grandma Highrock. 2012.
Oil on Canvas
2012 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.
Hope's Dream
Hope's Dream
Oil on Canvas
2013 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.
Summer's Dream
Summer's Dream
Oil on Canvas
2014 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.

Light's Expression
Light's Expression
Oil on Canvas
2012 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.

Lilacs in Bloom
Lilacs in Bloom
Oil on Canvas
2014 Nelson Chasing Hawk, Sr.

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