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MMCs Bede Art Gallery to Host Exhibit of Ihanktonwan Dakota Art

Published Date9\29\2011

Mount Marty College will exhibit the fine art works of Lyle W. Miller, Sr., an Ihanktonwan Dakota artist, October 3-28 in the Bede Art Gallery. Miller’s work primarily consists of paintings in acrylics on canvas telling stories or depicting figures of long ago.

The artist is a lifelong resident of the Northern Plains region and father to five children. His sons, Lyle, Jr. and Kenny, are also pursuing their talent in art and will their works in the father and son show.

Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Dakota Wesleyan University. He is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe (Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate) and a veteran of the United States Army. He is currently a teacher of the Dakota Language at Crow Creek Tribal Schools, Fort Thompson, S.D.

In the summer of 2005, he began his journey into the world of a professional artist. “My work has brought a spiritual element to the art world. My paintings aspire to the belief that something exists beyond this world, a clearer world that our humanity cannot see but our souls can feel,” Miller said.

“The paintings deliver a story of courage and hope, one of living and feeling and sometimes pain. We will all go home someday, but until then my art will help the people to remember where they came from and where they are going.”

The Bede Art Gallery is located in Roncalli Center on the campus of Mount Marty College. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A reception and gallery talk will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 28.