Full Circle/Omani Wakan: Lakota Artist Rhonda Holy Bear

Saturday, October 29, 2016 to Sunday, January 13, 2019

Full Circle/Omani Wakan: Lakota Artist Rhonda Holy Bear explores Holy Bear’s evolution as an artist and her related journey to understand more about her cultural and spiritual identity. The 16 highly detailed figures in the exhibition feature carving, beading, and quillworking techniques derived from the traditions of the Lakota and Plains peoples. The exhibition brought Holy Bear back to The Field Museum’s Native North American Hall that inspired her as a teenager and the historic objects that continue to influence her work. As a co­-curator on the project, she selected and interpreted artifacts from the Museum’s collection which sparked her passion through the years and give context to her work. Through her beautifully detailed figures, Holy Bear revives old traditions while creating powerful new pieces.

Full Circle/Omani Wakan: Lakota Artist Rhonda Holy Bear is made possible by a generous donation from Joyce Chelberg.

This exhibition is organized by The Field Museum.