We are excited to announce that Kevin Red Star has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards presented by the Montana Arts Council. The Ceremony and Reception will be at the Montana State Capitol on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, from 3-6 p.m.
The Governor’s Arts Award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations whose achievements in the arts, or on behalf of the arts, benefit all Montanans. The six honorees were nominated by the public and reviewed by the Governor’s Arts Awards Committee before being presented to, and approved by, the Governor. They join the ranks of more than 100 honorees since the awards were established in 1981. Acclaimed Montanans such as Rudy Autio, James Lee Burke, Judith Blegen, Agnes Oshanee Kenmille, Wally McRae, Frances Senska, Michael Smuin and Benjamin Steele, have received the honor, to name just a few. In addition to Kevin Red Star, the other recipients are Rick Bass, Monte Dolack, Jackie Parsons, Annick Smith, and Jaune Quick-to-see Smith.
Crow artist Kevin Red Star was nominated by Abigail Hornik, Ian Elliot, and Terry Jeffers to receive this award. Abigail writes in her nomination “… Kevin Red Star’s deep experience is expressed in the color and composition of image after image. Each one is a complete statement in itself; each remains in the mind’s eye long after viewing it.”
Red Star grew up on the Crow reservation, a member of a highly creative family and now lives in Roberts. He was known as the go-to artist for all school projects. He was chosen to be in the first group of students at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the late sixties. His artistry is revealed in the clarity and complexity of his paintings. Red Star is known for his attention to historical detail in his depictions of warriors, ceremonies, costumes, and tipis. Each element, no matter how small, has specific meaning and significance within the context of tradition. His paintings are the focal point of several important museum collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, C.M. Russell Museum, and the Whitney Museum of Western Art.
You can enjoy works from Kevin Red Star at either Sorrel Sky Santa Fe or Sorrel Sky Durango and online at Sorrelsky.com.