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Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty

2022 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow

Assiniboine and Sioux artist, Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (she/her), is a second-generation traditional Northern plains artist who has spent much of her life learning from her mother, award-winning artist, Joyce Growing Thunder.

Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty creates traditional Northern plains clothing and accessories adorned with beadwork and porcupine quill embroidery. She also creates soft sculpture dolls that emulate historical Oceti Sakowin attire.

In Growing Thunder Fogarty’s words:

Being a beadworker and quillworker is who I am; I spend every day creating work that honors our traditions and culture in hopes that my work will help preserve future generations’ connection to their culture.”

During her time at SAR, she will create two Assiniboine (Nakoda) women’s dresses. They will both be made in traditional styles but represent techniques that are rarely practiced today. She plans to pass the knowledge developed through this project on to her daughters, granddaughter, and other young Assiniboine artists.

Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty will be in residence from March 8 – May 31, 2022.



Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Dakhóta/Nakoda), Horse Mask, 2008. Native-tanned leather, porcupine quills, glass beads, turkey feathers, wool cloth, brass buttons, brass rings, silk ribbon, 21 5/8″ × 29″. Photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (267046.000).
Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (Dakhóta/Nakoda), Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Dakhóta/Nakoda), and Jessa Rae Growing Thunder (Dakhóta/Nakoda), Give Away Horses (dress and accessories), 2006. Deer hide, glass beads, canvas, thread, leather, moose hide, German silver, porcupine quills, feathers, elk hide, brass bells, ribbon, silk ribbons, and brass thimbles. Photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (265818.000).

Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty : Artist Talk

May 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us online for this event followed by a live Q&A.

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