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Grüße zu unseren Freunden Von Schwarze Pinto Pferd Schöne Künste

los saludos a nuestros amigos De Bellas artes negras de Caballo de Judía Pinta

es salutations à nos amis De Les beaux-arts noirs de Cheval de Pinto

"Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, is devoted to a positive expression of the harmonic balance between humanity and nature.  Through his art and teaching, he offers us a multitude of gifts, and his optimism shines in his motto:
"We are on this earth for such a short time,
if you're going to shine, shine brightly". 
Rife with symbolism, Black Pinto Horse's visual expressions honor his spiritual roots, First Nation heritage and Modern and Contemporary art traditions through a bold use of color and design that activates the viewer's imagination.  He is motivated by a passionate desire to build connections between the past and present with a hopeful eye toward a brighter future built around empathy and understanding between diverse communities of which the nation is comprised."    - Bob Durden, Yellowstone Museum
click on the following to view: biography

Upcoming Presentations, Shows & Exhibits
  • Heard Museum Indian Market

Heard Museum
Phoenix AZ

March 7- 8, 2015
  • Trainer, Artist Workshop, First Peoples Fund
Plains Art Museum
Fargo ND
April 10 & 11
  • Presentation
Plains Art Museum
Fargo ND
April 16
  • Artist in Residence

Ponderosa Elementary
Billings MT

April 20 - 24

Recent Articles
      Native Peoples July-August 2014 - July-August 2014
August 2014

January 2014
January 2014

April 2012
April 2012

"Montana Triennial" Exhibit, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT, May - August

"Watch the Birdie", Award Winning
"Before the Dog Days ", 2x Award Winning
"I Will Lead the Charge for Future Generations "
"Before the Dog Days"

"Congratulations!  You were selected as one of 38 artists to be featured in theMontana Triennial: 2015 at the Missoula Art MuseumThis year’s juror, Peter Held, reviewed 199 artist’s submissions." - John C

Opening Reception: May 1, 2015, 5:00-8:00pm 
The festivities will include music, food, drinks & Peter Held will give the gallery talk.

Permanent Collection, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO

"The Hunt; a Rites of Passage when we were warriors "

"The ledger piece is amazing!  Thank you for taking the time to create this piece for the Nelson-Atkins Education Collection.  I can see so many learning opportunities and connections for students." 
- Braden Conrad-Hiebner, Education Officer

This piece is designed on the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, Register of Bill & Revenue Receipts, cir. late 1800's.  

The traditional rendering of the 1800's ledger art styled warriors in the background symbolically connects to ancestral traditions.
The middle ground of young men on the hunt illustrates a more contemporary version of Ledger Art.  Finally a young man on the hunt at the Carlisle Industrial School in Carlisle PA. 

Montana Winter Benefit Auctions

MISSOULA ART MUSEUM- 40th Anniversary

Benefit Auction and Dinner: Saturday, February 7
University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana.

  • 5 PM Doors Open: Cocktails, Silent Auction Bidding,
    Live Auction Preview
  • 7 PM Dinner Served
  • 7:30 PM Live Auction Bidding Begins
  • 40 Live Auction Artworks

Benefit Auction and Dinner:
Saturday, March 7, Yellowstone Art Museum

401 N 27th St., Billings MT
  • 5 PM Doors Open: Cocktails & heavy hors d' oeuvres, Silent Auction Bidding, Live Auction Preview
  • 7:30 PM Live Auction, Bidding Begins

"Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay"
Traveling Exhibit

"The Journey to Remove Color From the People"
11.75" x 8", colored pencil and ink on United States Indian Industrial School, Carlisle PA, 189_, R.H. Pratt Capt., 10th Calvary Superintendent

click here for web article

BPH was invited to participate in this closed call for 72 artists- an ambitious curatorial project organized by Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock.

This unique exhibit will trace relocation and imprisonment of 72 Plains Indians captured at Salt Fork OK and brought by wagon, train and boat to Fort Marion in St. Augustine FL. 

This 3 year war exile(1875-1878) at the fort served as a model for the military methods of assimilation and lead to the founding of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania 1 year later. 

Exhibition Schedule:
* January 16- February 28, 2015
Crisp-Ellert Museum, Flagler College, St. Augustine
* April 22- June 10
A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembrooke

Cowboys & Indians Closing Reception & Live Auction
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn ND, November 20, 2014

"One More Prairie Flower"


Featured Artist, Havre Art Association Art Show, Havre MT, November 1-2

As the Jackrabbits fur turned white a drive to Havre MT was just right. BPH was their featured artist and participated in their Art Show for the first time.

He and his wife have worked in the Havre Public Schools numerous times as Artist in Residence. This provided an opportunity to connect with the public in a new way.

"Blue Soldiers War Bonnet, Spoils of War" was collected by a Vietnam War Veteran and Captain who admires the art of BPH and Arikara history.  The piece highlights a warrior winning honor over his enemy in battle.

Artist in Residence, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO, October

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is excited to be working with Monte in their Artist-in-Residence program.  Monte’s residency will be in conjunction with their upcoming exhibition The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky which celebrates the accomplishments of Plains Indian artists, not only as the makers of objects that sustain a tradition, but as the bearers of individual creative expression.
"We couldn't be happier that Monte is coming to Kansas City!  With his accomplishments as both an artist and educator, Monte is the

perfect fit for our program.  His passion for creating real and inspiring learning experiences is what really excites us about working Monte.  Not only does Monte teach others the history and traditions of his people, but he seeks to empower individuals to reflect on their own backgrounds and identify what really matters in their life." - Braden Conrad-Hiebner, Education Officer

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