2015 ART Challenge Winners

2015 ART Challenge Winners


Grand Prize Winner Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford poses with a  #GEM of her award-winning design, GrandMother Earth, made for her by Art Judge Andres Gallardo. Photo by: Susie Mann


#GEM of Asa Steele’s Grand Prize winning design in the Young Artist Category, by Andres Gallardo.

#WeAreHere: Young Native Artists Inspire Through Culture, Hope and Talent


Lakota Children’s Enrichment is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 #WeAreHere ART Challenge. The 2015 Challenge asked Native Youth to reflect upon issues they are willing to StandUP for. On April 16, 2015, the Red Cloud Indian School hosted an Award Ceremony for winning students from schools across the Reservation. The winners received gift cards, plaques and other items.

The entries were judged anonymously by Artists Gregg Deal and Andres Gallardo. Grand Prize winners and runner-up awards were ranked in two categories: Experienced Artist (16-24) and Young Artist (11-15).

LCE President Maggie Dunne said: “We received so many incredible and positive art entries this year!  Although the judges had to select winners, all who entered and expressed themselves through art are winners. We hope that the work of these young rising artists will inspire others in the community to believe in themselves and to share their talents with the world.”

Art Judge Andres Gallardo said: “It’s always impressive to see into the minds of young people through art. I am encouraged by the depth of subject and clear push for good process. I’m proud of these young people and for the courage they had to share their work and to put themselves out there!”

Gallardo, a multi-media artist, turned the Grand Prize winning designs into what he calls #GEMS, pop culture discs painted on vinyl LPs contributed to the project by Black Hills Vinyl. Gallardo will spend the week running clinics on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and will lead group activities at LCE’s Youth Summit, a celebration of arts, expression and service.

Lakota Children’s Enrichment provides Reservation schools with art supplies throughout the school year to ensure that all youth have the opportunity and the tools to enter this annual challenge. Art instructors can contact us at info@lakotachildren.org if your Reservation School needs supplies.

Experienced Artist Grand Prize

Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford, 24, won the Grand Prize in the Experienced Artist category (ages 17-24) for her exceptional entry, “Unci Maka” or “Grandmother Earth.”

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Juliana sketching her design

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“Grandmother Earth”


Juliana created “Grandmother Earth” in mixed media: pencil and graphite marker – and the final version was modified digitally with photoshop.

Artist Andres Gallardo presented Juliana with a multi-media painting on a vinyl LP inspired by her Grand Prize winning piece, and has scattered #GEMS across the Reservation for the community to enjoy.





Young Artist Grand Prize


Young Artist Grand Prize Winner, by Asa Steele


Middle School student Asa Steele created his entry in pencil.  Asa’s simple design which incorporated a traditional dreamcatcher,  coupled with a positive message, led the art judges to award it the Grand Prize in the Young Artist category (11-15). Artist Andres Gallardo presented Asa with a multi-media #GEM inspired by his entry, painted on a vinyl LP.





Experience Artist Runners-Up

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Randi Lee Garcia’s Jingle Dancing

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Odessa Starr Comes Out’s canvas

On the left is a portrait painted by Odessa Starr Comes Out, a student at the Oglala Lakota College.

On the right is a drawing submitted by Randi Lee Garcia, a student at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee.

The Judges selected these entries for Runner-Up Awards.


Young Artist Runners-Up

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On the left is a Call for Peace and to Unite, by Cetan Ducheneaux, drawn in colored pencil. Cetan bears the impressive distinction of being named a winner in BOTH the Writing and Art Challenges. For sure, Cetan is a multi-talented rising star to watch!

On the right, is a peaceful reflection of an Angel, by Elisabeth Iron Cloud, a student at the Little Wound Middle School.




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On the left is Savahana Jo Montileaux’s BeYOUtiful drawing in colored pencil. The judges thought the drawing and its message was beYOUtiful.

On the right is Wahpe Waste Win Clifford’s whimsical Dr Who-inspired canvas. Dr. WHO is an optimistic time-traveler.



#WeAreHere #InvestInNativeYouth #GYSD #GenI

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