On the Pine Ridge Reservation, two artists work in a small studio in the Medicine Root District at the edge of the Badlands. The landscape is maybe best described as rough and rolling prairie with vast skylines.
Kevin Pourier and Valerie Morgan live quietly here in South Dakota, but they have another life elsewhere. They won a Bush Fellowship a few years back, and their art has been exhibited internationally. And in the Southwest, they're a really big deal. They've entered the Santa Fe Indian Market for 21 years, winning many categories, and this year took the grand prize.
The winning piece is a belt that depicts eight contemporary activist Native women. It has now been purchased by the Smithsonian and will soon be featured on a billboard in Times Square.
Victoria Wicks recently visited the couple where they work, at the Bombing Range Art Studio.
To hear Kevin Pourier describe the women featured on the belt, listen here:
Click here to learn more about Kevin Pourier and Valerie Morgan's art.
For more information on Kevin Pourier's talk at The Garage in Rapid City, click here: