DSU alumna is inaugural Northern Plains Indian Art Resident at USD
DSU alumna, Megan Yellow Boy, digital arts and design, ‘14, is the inaugural Northern Plains Indian Art Resident for the Contemporary Native Arts Program at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. The residency will take place June 2 - 30, 2014.
Yellow Boy, 22, is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She recently earned her degree at DSU in digital arts and design, specializing in production animation. Her work during her residency allows Yellow Boy to use the skills learned at DSU to create videos that combine the Lakota Language with animation to teach Lakota to children.
"Using a combination of photos, Adobe software, and my knowledge of Lakota, as well as more fluent speakers’, I have created a bilingual language video that I hope will be an asset in preserving the Lakota Language,” stated Yellow Boy. “I wanted to make my designs and animations not only interesting, but create a real world connection to the object as well. I want this piece to be more than just an addition to my portfolio. I plan to work on getting it integrated into programs and households back home so we can keep one of the most beautiful aspects of our culture alive."
As part of her residency, Yellow Boy, will give an artist talk on Thursday, June 12 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. in room 107 of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. There will also be open studio visits with her on June 12, 14 and 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in room 173 of the Center, with a reception and final opportunity to visit her studio on June 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The CNAP supports artists in the upper Midwest, including those interested in combining traditional native arts practices with new media approaches, technology-based methods, or artists wishing to broaden the distribution of their art using technology and/or social media. It also encourages emerging and mid-career American Indian artists to recognize their audiences and develop a career path that is successful according to their own assessment of artist purpose and wellbeing.