Past Exhibitions, 2011-2012

Drum: Singing for the People

As the drum is set up the men start to gather metal folding chairs, moving them in to position to surround the drum, each man clearing his throat and testing the sound of the drum, they prepare to sing for the people.

The drums selected from the permanent collection have been chosen to show to variety and the innovation of the people who have made them.

Moccasins: Where They Have Gone

Tracing the outline of a foot, measuring the width, making a pattern, cutting it out and placing it on leather. Cutting leather, design making and sewing patterns together the maker of the moccasin thinks of who will be wearing this, were they will go and the adventures they will have.

The moccasins selected from the permanent collection have been chosen to show the variety and innovation of the people who have made them.


Past Exhibitions, 2010-2011


“Oversized" gets its name from the size of the pieces, which are some of the largest currently in the permanent collection. The Center’s permanent collection has a variety of different sized pieces—from miniature to oversized—each making its own statement, whether with color, graphics or size. The oversized paintings require ample space to view and to appreciate their beauty and voices. The show allows The Heritage Center to showcase these large paintings so that others may also enjoy their beauty. “Oversized” was on display until May 20, 2011.

1970: Selections from the First Decade of Collecting at The Heritage Center

Working with the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City to produce the Making New Traditions exhibit, The Heritage Center created an exhibition to show where the museum started. The 1970 show is of works from The Heritage Center's permanent collection. With the Making New Traditions exhibition, the museum asked artists to create works that help break down stereotypes of Native people and to continue a dialogue of what it means to be Native. The 1970 exhibition is that beginning; now it did not exactly start in the 1970’s, but has been an ongoing conversation since first contact. For The Heritage Center, that beginning started with the creation of the first annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show in 1968. The art show was created to give artists, from the area and nationwide, a place to show and sell contemporary Native art. A couple of years later, the Center started collecting. The 1970 exhibition is only a portion of the collection from that era, showing that Native artists have been creating works of art that break down stereotypes of Native people for decades.