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Grüße zu unseren Freunden Von Schwarze Pinto Pferd Schöne Künste

los saludos a nuestros amigos De Bellas artes negras de Caballo de Judía Pinta

es salutations à nos amis De Les beaux-arts noirs de Cheval de Pinto

"Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, is devoted to a positive expression of the harmonic balance between humanity and nature.  Through his art and teaching, he offers us a multitude of gifts, and his optimism shines in his motto:
"We are on this earth for such a short time,
if you're going to shine, shine brightly". 
Rife with symbolism, Black Pinto Horse's visual expressions honor his spiritual roots, First Nation heritage and Modern and Contemporary art traditions through a bold use of color and design that activates the viewer's imagination.  He is motivated by a passionate desire to build connections between the past and present with a hopeful eye toward a brighter future built around empathy and understanding between diverse communities of which the nation is comprised."    - Bob Durden, Yellowstone Museum
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Come & Visit at Shows & Exhibits
  • SWAIA Fellowship Award
Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe NM
July 31- Sept. 29
  • St. Peter's Hospital Benefit Auction
County Fairgrounds
Helena MT

October 18

  • Cherokee Art Market

Hard Rock Casino
Tulsa OK

October 11-12
  • Artist in Residence

Nelson-Atkins Museum
Kansas City MO

October 13-28

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Artist in Residence, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO, October

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is excited to be working with Monte in their Artist-in-Residence program.  Monte’s residency will be in conjunction with their upcoming exhibition The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky which celebrates the accomplishments of Plains Indian artists, not only as the makers of objects that sustain a tradition, but as the bearers of individual creative expression.

"With his accomplishments as both an artist and educator, Monte is the perfect fit for our program.  His passion for creating real and inspiring learning experiences is what really excites us about working Monte.  Not only does Monte teach others the history and traditions of his people, but he seeks to empower individuals to reflect on their own backgrounds and identify what really matters in their life.  We couldn’t be happier that Monte is coming to Kansas City!” - Braden Conrad-Hiebner, Education Officer

SWAIA Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe NM, August - September

Black Pinto Horse was awarded the Residency Fellowship.  He has begun his two month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute where he has lodging and studio space.

Black Pinto Horse shares, “The Residency has brought me back to the location and time when I was young, stretching my wings in the world for the first time while attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  As a sixteen year old leaving the reservation for the first time, it was an experience that forever changed my life.  No longer young and impressionable, but with a direction, new knowledge and a good foundation, I look forward to this opportunity to accomplish new goals."

On Fertile Ground, All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Aug. -Nov.

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Please join us to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Native artists in the upper Midwest! This exhibition will take place once annually over a period of three years. Each show will highlight 15 different artists, providing a comprehensive overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

On view: August 15 - November 15, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, August 15, 5 - 8pm

All My Relations Gallery
1414 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday, 11am - 3pm
Closed Monday
612.235.4970 •
Free and open to the public!

Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 22 & 23

Black Pinto Horse was invited to be a judge and shares, "Being invited to participate as a judge in the Southwest Association for Indian Arts 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market was a great honor for me.  I would be one of the first to view a collection of world class First Nation artists from across the US and Canada. They travel many miles to participate and educate the world to both traditional and contemporary Native Arts. It was amazing to see the influences that inspired them to create their final works, each piece deserving of careful viewing and consideration."

The green chilies were tasty, the weather fantastic, and the market most memorable.  Thank you to the collectors and fans for your continued support.

One Person Show, Frame Garden, Livingston MT, July- August

Art depraved patrons walked weather beaten streets, sweat dripping from their brows as they pushed and clawed themselves into the gallery.


Good weather was a plus as a steady flow of crowds came to visit with BPH about his work Friday of the Art Walk.  Although a local, BPH is not home often to interpret his works with closest collectors.  It was a nice opportunity with much interest.

Guest Artist, Grand Teton National Park WY, July 15- 21

Hot off the artist's desk- Visitors from all over the globe admired the work of BPH.  A couple from United Kingdom made a thoughtful investment, purchasing "Your Flag Will Fly High in Enemy Territory", which had been on the market for less than a month.
A happy camper...this young man watched the artist work on what would become a piece he pleaded with his mother to buy.  With much excitement they have added it to the family collection.

Calgary Stampede, Western Art Showcase, Calgary Alberta, July 4 - 15

"Stir Up" Reception
Buyers Night
July 2, 2014

Black Pinto Horse will be personally greeting his guests and selling his art to this INVITE ONLY crowd.

We have 14 tickets- if you want to attend, be the 1st to inquire and receive your gold ticket.  Good luck Charlie, you just may get your chocolate factory.  If you're interested email us @ with a title line, "Gold Ticket"

Black Pinto Horse standing with the Director of the Art Showcase, Sandra Sweet.


Eiteljorg Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, June

Always a hot one, the Indian Market welcomed thousands of art enthusiasts.  Two ladies, one new collector and one a satisfied collector from before, made their purchases, adding a bit of BPH to their homes in MI.

Benefit Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT, June 20th

Let the Courtship Begin

When: Friday June 20th, 5:30 PM to 9 PM Where: Gateway Center, 1710 National Ave.
Why: Raise funds to support the Holter and the important educational work they do.

This year the Holter Museum of Art will be honoring Gretchen Hibbard with the first annual Holter Museum of Art Nexus Award, "Honoring the Arts in Montana".

To place your bid on BPH's charming "Let the Courtship Begin", colored pencil on Beethoven's Sonata, cir. 1882, call the museum at 406.442.6400, website

Cowboys & Indians Exhibit, ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND, May-August
The 3rd year of this exhibit and Black Pinto Horse's 3rd invitation.  The Museum has partnered with the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation in Washburn, ND where the exhibit will travel – October through November 15 – culminating in a silent and live auction at their Interpretive Center.

Black Pinto Horse sold 2 ledger works before the shoots opened.  Looks like a good start for this cowboy.

Make inquiries with the Cowboy Hall of Fame, 701.623.2000


White Buffalo Hunt  *SOLD* 

A Little Road Fun   *SOLD* 

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