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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
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Upcoming Presentations, Shows & Exhibits
  • 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

"Congratulations!  You were selected as one of 38 artists to be featured in the Montana Triennial: 2015 at the Missoula Art MuseumThis year’s juror, Peter Held, reviewed 199 artist’s submissions." - John C
"Before the Dog Days "
*Award Winning:1st Place, Drawing, Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art and American Indians, Indianapolis IN, 2013

"Watch the Birdie"
*Award Winning: 3rd Place, Drawing, Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art and American Indians, Indianapolis IN, 2013
*Award Winning: 1st Place, Drawing, Gene Autry Museum,
Los Angeles CA, 2012

"I Will Lead the Charge for Future Generations "
* Award Winning: 2nd Place, Painting and Drawing, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 2015


"One More Prairie Flower "

BPH delivering his four accepted works to John Calsbeek, Assistant Curator at the Missoula Art Museum.

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

Spring Gala Auction, Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND, April 24, 2015

April 24, Live Auction, Plains Art Museum: Monarchs of Dakota Territory, Colored Pencil on original Letter head of the Executive Office of the 9th Governor of Dakota Territory, signed by Governor Lewis K. Church, Bismarck ND, cir. 1887

In addition to Black Pinto Horse having works in the Museum's Annual Spring Gala, he has been invited to share his passion of art and education during their Native Voices program.

We invite you to attend BPH's inspirational presentation on
April 16th from 6:30 to 7:30

Plains Art Museum Invitation

Monarchs of Dakota Territory
, A tribute to the First Nation People & the Buffalo Nation

Holter Museum Live Auction, Helena MT, April 24, 2015

BPH with Caleb Fey, the Executive Director of the
Holter Museum in Helena MT

Live Auction:
“And We Called Upon the Buffalo Nation to Feed Our People”
16.75” x 14” (image size, does not include frame)
Colored pencil on original Montana Ledger, cir. 1897

This piece depicts the spiritual connection with the buffalo and the life source for Indigenous people

Museum's website

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Gateway Center, 1710 National Ave

Attend the major fundraiser of the year and support the arts! Join us for a night of fun and excitement at the Gateway Center with live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and wonderful food.

Paris Gibson Square Museum Auction, Great Falls MT, April 11, 2015

"Sunrise Lodges", oil on canvas

"Great Falls Warrior", colored pencil on Great Falls MT check, cir. 1907

BPH shares, "The painting seems to have drawn much interest as I continue to establish a recognized painting style."

2nd Place, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 2015

2nd Place, Drawing and Painting Division

CONGRATULATIONS Black Pinto Horse on your 2nd place victory over hundreds of talented First Nation artists.

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

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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

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