Saturdays at CWS - Artist Jerry Fogg Explores 11 Degrees of Tatanka

Jerry Fogg

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: CWS Fantle Building, 2121 South Summit Avenue

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

In his gallery exhibition, "11 Degrees of Tatanka," artist Jerry Fogg seeks to honor the buffalo’s sacrifice in preserving Native American oral histories. One of the ways the spirit of Tatanka is embodied in this exhibit is through the artist's use of painted buffalo skulls to depict Native traditions such as the sacred pipe ceremony, the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman, and star knowledge. As a mixed media Artist, Fogg uses traditional and contemporary materials in his work, blending the stories of those who came before him with his own. 

Join us Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen galleries of the Fantle Building on the Augustana University campus to hear the artist discuss the creation of this phenomenal exhibit and to gain more insight into the significance of the individual skulls in the collection. 

About the Artist:

Jerry Fogg, Ihanktowan Nakota Sioux Oyate, was born in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, SD, and Dakota State College in Madison, SD. Growing up north of Fort Thompson, SD, on the Crow Creek Reservation, Jerry had many opportunities to observe and experience the openness of the country. This allowed him the freedom to choose the direction he wished to pursue and to explore different ideas associated with his surroundings. He evokes these same feelings within his art through his choices regarding both the individual elements to include and their arrangement, with all working together to enhance a legend, story, or the deeper meaning of his work.

A self-taught artist, Jerry began pursuing his artistic passions in high school and was inspired by the works of several Native American artists who came before him. His own compositions range from exceptionally detailed pencil drawings to paintings and mixed media works that blend traditional and contemporary Native American themes. When he creates, Jerry often concentrates on a period of specific historical significance or a legend. Collectors of his work can be assured that his mixed-media pieces are one-of-a-kind and never reproduced. He feels this is an important part of establishing the greater meaning in the piece for its new owner.