Lakota Nation Invitational: Art Show

Celebrating their 34th year in the Rapid City area, the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) features an exciting mix of high school sports and a cultural display of traditional and contemporary Native American art and fashion.

This year (and every year since the beginning of the Invitational) Prairie Edge is sponsoring the Art Show portion of the event. The Show is an eclectic blend of artwork created by high school students from around the area...and it gives us the chance to not only promote Lakota cultural awareness, but also show support for the next generation of young artists.

Categories: Contemporary to traditional media
Categories in the show range from contemporary mediums like computer graphics, mixed media, and digital photography, to traditional art, beading, and ledger drawing.

Unity Award: This special category was added to acknowledge 2010s designation as the Year of Unity in the state of South Dakota. The Unity Award will be presented to a young artist that best represents fellowship and harmony through their craft.

Individual category awards: 1st through 3rd place winners will be chosen for each category…and there are 20 categories in all.

Best in show: And the award goes to…1 of the 20 artists taking 1st in an individual category.

Director's Choice: Selected by the Lakota Nation Board of Directors, this piece of art will be the one that best represents the spirit of the Lakota people and the Lakota Nation.

People's Choice: Also a new addition in 2010, this award is chosen by you (and the thousands of other art show visitors). Voting will take place Wednesday and Thursday and the winner will be presented on Friday (Dec 16).

Schedule: Where + When
Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
When: December 15 – 18
The Art Show is open for public view beginning Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and closes on Saturday at noon.

Bead & Bookmobile: Come out and see us!
During the Invitational, we will also be showcasing our unique craft supplies, collection of books about Native American culture, and other educational materials at the Ramkota Wednesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.