Meet the Artist: Master Sculptor Oreland C. Joe Sr.


Oreland C. Joe Sr.; Photo Courtesy Cowboy Artists of America

Award-winning artist Oreland C. Joe Sr., whose heritage is Diné (Navajo) and Ute, is the first Native American artist to be admitted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America. He is also a founding member of the Indigenous Sculpture Society, which was created to sustain and promote Native American stone sculpture.

Joe’s worldwide travels have enabled him to study the techniques of sculpting, both ancient and modern, and inform his use of texture, form, mass and detail. His work often reflects American Indian lifestyles, songs and dances of the 1820s-1920s. He also draws inspiration from studying the art and history of the European masters (Bernini, Canova and Michelangelo).

In this program, guests will hear from the artist as he discusses his work with ledger-style painting and sculpture, a type of American Indian art that recorded the tribes’ history on buckskin and – in the late 1900s – included drawings on muslin, cloth and paper. The program will also feature a screening of the 30-minute documentary “Oreland C. Joe: Master Sculptor,” which traces the artist’s childhood yearning to become an artist to his ultimate success as a master sculptor. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.