Friday, July 9, 2010
Award-winning Oglala Lakota artist Roger Broer has exhibited in more than 35 one-man shows and over a hundred group shows. His work is featured in many national and international collections, including the Department of Interior, Washington, DC, and Pierre Cardin, Paris, France. He is "artist-in-residence" at the Plains Indian Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center July 14-19 where he demonstrates his technique and talks with visitors 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. His appearance is free with Historical Center admission.
Broer was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, and at two years of age, he was adopted by Ludwig and Frieda Broer, a traditional German family from Randolph, Nebraska. He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings, and his master's from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington.
"I think, sometimes-when I am alone, usually when I am making art-about the elements in nature around me," Broer says. "I like to ponder relationships. How everything has its own significant place . . . how everything is somehow related to everything else. How . . . most importantly, we don't readily understand these relationships, yet if one element is missing, an emptiness exists."
Broer hails from Hill City, South Dakota, where he works in monotype, painting (mixed media), drawing, and sculpture. He also conducts workshops throughout the United States-including the 2007 and 2008 Lloyd New Art Mentorship Program for Native students held at the Center. His appearance is funded in part through a private donation. For more information on Broer and his art, visit http://www.lakotart.com/. Stay up to date with activities at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on its new Web site, http://www.bbhc.org/