Wendy Red Star


Wendy Red Star (b.1981, Billings, MT) lives and works in Portland, OR. Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), both of which have her works in their permanent collections; Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain (Paris, France), Domaine de Kerguéhennec (Bignan, France), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Hood Art Museum (Hanover, NH), St. Louis Art Museum (St.Louis, MO), and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN), among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University (New Haven, CT), the Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), CalArts (Valencia, CA), Flagler College (St.Augustine, FL), and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO). In 2017, Red Star was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2018 she received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Award. She had her first career survey exhibition "Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth" at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey in 2019.  Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles.

Her work is included in collections including the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Figge Art Museum; the George Gustav Heye Center; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Hood Museum; the Crocker Museum of Art; the Portland Art Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; the C.N. Gorman Museum; the Art Museum of West Virginia University; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art; the Triton Museum of Art; the Autry Museum of the American West; the Philbrook Museum of Art;  the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest), University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

2017 Um-basax-bilua, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY 

2017 Reservation Pop, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

2016 Strength Unity Power, Trinton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA 

2016 Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA 

2016 Parading Culture (Tokens, Gold, & Glory), Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2015 Tableaux Vivant: Nature’s Playground, Seattle Art Fair – Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA

2015 Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

2014 Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation, APEX Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 

2014 Wendy Red Star, C.N. Gorman Museum, Davis, CA

2011 My Home Is Where My Tipi Sits (Crow Country), Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Unsettled, Nevada Museum of Art, Anchorage Museum of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum 

2017 The Western: An Epic In Art & Film, Denver Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

2017 Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ 

2017 Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA 

2017 Monarchs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE 

2016 The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960, Crystal Bridges Mueum of American Art, Bentonville, AR 

2016 Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, Will Wilson, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 

2016 Native Fashion Now. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, Philbrook Museum of Art. Tulsa, OK, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY 

2015 The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, Nelson Atkins Museum & Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO & New York, NY

2015 Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmakers, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK 

2015 About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Hood Musuem of Art, Hanover, NH

2014 Contemporary Native Photography, Novosibirsk Festival of Photography and Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia 

2014 Contemporary American Indian Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

2013 Space is the Place, Disjecta, Portland, OR 

2012 Portland 2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Portland, OR 

2012 DoubleSpeak, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake, UT

2010 Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial, Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, OR

2009 Eiteljorg Fellowship of Native American Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

2006 Abstract Things, Laura Barlett Gallery, London, England 

2006 Where I Lived…, Domaine De Kerguehennec, Brittany, France 

2005 J’en Reve, Fondation Cartier L’ Art Contemporain, Paris, France

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