BHSU library to host artist reception with Donald Montileaux

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, October 10, 2014/Categories: 2014

           A public presentation and reception will be held for Donald Montileaux at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Black Hills State University E.Y. Berry Library. The library recently purchased Montileaux&rsquos artwork, "Con.Fron.Ta.Tion" through the Lyndle Dunn fund. (Photo courtesy of the Rapid City Journal)

           Don Montileaux&rsquos "Con.Fron.Ta.Tion" was purchased through the Lyndle Dunn fund and hangs in the E.Y. Berry Library at Black Hills State University.

A public reception and presentation for Donald Montileaux is planned at the Black Hills State University E.Y. Berry Library. The library recently purchased a piece of Montileaux&rsquos artwork, "Con.Fron.Ta.Tion," through the Lyndle Dunn fund, which is displayed at the library.

The reception is from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the E.Y. Berry Library on the BHSU campus. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Montileaux, an Oglala Lakota artist from Rapid City, attended BHSU in the early 1970s. He is a master ledger artists who captures the Lakota way of life through colorful and vibrant drawings. Montileaux was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame earlier this year.

"I feel honored by the fact that I studied art here at BHSU and now have a piece of my art hanging in the library," Montileaux said. "I have other pieces of my work hanging in museums and galleries across the nation, but the one here has special meaning.  To be recognized by one&rsquos own Alma Mater is a greater honor than that of other places."

"Con.Fron.Ta.Tion" is a drawing reminiscent of a Lakota warrior&rsquos buffalo robe, which was worn by the top warrior in battle. It was a high honor for the warrior who wore the robe. The robes were decorated by the warrior&rsquos wife or family members. Montileaux said that with the warrior&rsquos ability to transcend the laws of gravity in their movement, the ones who wore the robe were said to be superior to any other horseman in the world.

"Don Montileaux is a world renowned artist who depicts the Lakota lifestyle in an honest and beautiful way," said Dr. Urla Marcus, director of American Indian Studies at BHSU. "Don, being a BHSU alumni, is a very humble man who maintained his ties with BHSU by not only providing us this artwork but has also lectured in our American Indian Studies courses.  

"Having a piece of his ledger art on display in the BHSU library is an honor and a privilege," Marcus added. "Many know that Don&rsquos ledger art hangs in fine art galleries and private collections throughout the nation. We are now a part of that exclusive society."

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