Kevin Red Star was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana, and raised in a creative family that values art and culture. During his second year in high school in 1962, he was part of the first group of students at the lnstitute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1965 Red Star was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art lnstitute and won both First Prize and the Governor’s Trophy Award at the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition. After attending Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, and Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings), in 1975 he was invited back to the lnstitute of American Indian Art as an artist-in-residence.
In 1995 he was selected as a Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Later that year he participated in the cultural exchange with the Russian Academy of Art in St. Petersburg. In 1997 Red Star received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Since embarking on his professional artistic journey, the acknowledged master artist is considered a visual historian and ambassador for his Native Crow culture.
A biography of Red Star, titled Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist (Gibbs Smith, 2014), won the Multicultural: Non-Fiction Category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. The artist has been the subject of many biographical films, including Kevin Red Star: From the Spirit and Montana Stories: Kevin Red Star, produced by the Montana Office of Tourism.
Red Star’s work can be found in the Smithsonian lnstitution’s National Museum of the American Indian; the United States Department of State; the National Portrait Museum; the Denver Art Museum; the C. M. Russell Museum; the Heard Museum; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; the Whitney Museum; and the lnstitute of American Indian Arts. He has been featured in special exhibitions in France, Belgium, Germany, China, and Japan.
Kevin Red Star is represented by Creighton Block Gallery, Big Sky, Montana; Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana;
Hodges Fine Art, Big Timber, Montana; Kevin Red Star Studios, Roberts, Montana; Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah; Montana Modern Fine Art, Kalispell, Montana; Old Main Gallery, Bozeman, Montana; Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida; Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Stapleton Gallery, Billings, Montana.
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