Once upon a Time

Once upon a Time…, 2004. Star Wallowing Bull (Minnesota White Earth Band of Chippewa), b. 1973. Prismacolor pencil and crayon on paper. Gift of the artist, 2006 (26/5636).

Wallowing Bull’s intricate colored-pencil drawings bring together elements of personal biography, pop culture, and Native history and visual culture. The title of the work and the image of the artist as a young boy recall the story of Pinocchio, a fairy tale with which Wallowing Bull has closely identified during troubled periods in his life. The drawing was a gift to the museum in appreciation for its Native Artists Program: Wallowing Bull participated in the program in 2001, and he credits it for helping turn his life around.

Star Wallowing Bull (Minnesota White Earth Band of Chippewa, b. 1973) was born in Minneapolis. He was awarded the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Native Artist Fellowship in 2001 and in 2002 was given the Juror Award by the Plains Art Museum. Wallowing Bull’s artwork has been shown at C. N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis; Texas Woman’s University; Plains Art Museum; Minneapolis American Indian Center; Weisman Art Museum; and Bockley Gallery. His work has been acquired by artists James Rosenquist and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, the Tweed Museum of Art, and the British Museum of Art.


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