News for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SAR Congratulates Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk for Indian Market Award

"Seeing," by Dyani Reynolds-White HawkArt, Gender, and Community seminar participant Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk wins Best of Class for her painting titled "Seeing."
"Seeing," by Dyani Reynolds-White HawkArt, Gender, and Community seminar participant Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk wins Best of Class for her painting titled "Seeing."

SAR congratulates Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk on her Best of Classification win for Paintings, Drawings, Graphics & Photography at the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market. Dyani was a regular participant in SAR’s Art, Gender, and Community Seminars and is featured in SAR’s recent publication, Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue (2010).

Since childhood, exploring visual expression has provided a sense of fulfillment and peace to which Dyani has continuously returned. Working between painting and Lakota art forms, Dyani sifts through ideas of personal, cultural, and human experiences. Often pulling from her mixed racial heritage (Sicangu Lakota, German, and Welsh), as well as an upbringing that emphasized Native culture in the midst of an urban landscape, her works address issues of the contemporary Native existence, which in many ways parallel issues of many American youth: shifting ideas of identity, the search for a balance between often contradicting value systems, concerns for cultural continuity, and acknowledgment that culture is not static.

Dyani holds an A.A. degree from Haskell Nations University and BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2011, she completed her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was the centerpiece of her master’s thesis exhibition, a large painting titled, “Seeing,” that garnered Dyani the Best of Class award at this year’s Indian Market.

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