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Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota), earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011) and BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts (2008). She is a recipient of the 2019 Untited States Artists Fellowship in Visual Art, the 2018 Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, the 2017 and 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships, the 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and the 2013 McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship.

White Hawk’s exactingly executed paintings often combine the Lakota art of quill work with strong lines that echo blanket and moccasin patterns. Often the scale of her work, large canvases as well as small or “extreme close-ups”, creates an interesting confusion between landscape and object or between pattern and figure. Her care in using her abstraction to bring American Indian tradition into a dynamic contemporary context reveals a powerful intellect and a remarkably original artist.  

As a woman of Lakota and European ancestry my life experiences have been a continual negotiation of both Western and Indigenous educations, value systems, and worldviews. Through the amalgamation of symbols and motifs derivative of both Lakota and Western abstraction, my artwork examines, dissects, and patches back together pieces of each in a means to provide an honest representation of self and culture.  --- Dyani White Hawk

White Hawk's artwork has been collected by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Akta Lakota Museum, Robert Penn Collection of Contemporary Northern Plains Indian Art of the University of South Dakota, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody WY and numerous corporate and private collections.