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Dakota Discovery Museum to host retrospective exhibit of work by Robert Freeman

The Dakota Discovery Museum announced its newest exhibit, Robert Freeman: A Retrospective, which opens on June 6 with more than 50 original works of art. An artist's reception scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8 pm. Freeman will present a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939, Freeman is Hunkpapa Sioux and Luiseno. During his childhood, he lived on the Rincon Reservation in Vallejo, Calif., while spending summers with his grandmother and cousins on the Crow Creek Reservation, where he is an enrolled member.

Freeman has been an international fine arts artist for over five decades, mastering a variety of styles and mediums. He has become one of the most accomplished Native American artists to date, having won over 200 awards and exhibiting his work in some of the world's most prestigious galleries and museums.

Initially a self-taught artist, Freeman first started painting using house paints and Time magazines for reference.

"I started pursuing art in about 1961, and like many other young artists was very impressed by the work of Picasso," said Freeman. "I liked cubism and did many cubist paintings and drawings in India ink."

By 1967, Freeman was working full-time as an artist and in the 1970s began to travel again to South Dakota where his works were selling well. During his many trips, he met Native American artist Oscar Howe and learned of other Native American artists such as Robert Penn. Freeman began to bring his unique style to his Native American work, exhibiting his art through the St. Joseph's Indian School, the Red Cloud Indian School and the Northern Plains Indian Art Show.

Freeman works in an array of mediums and styles including pencil, pen, ink, acrylic, mixed media, oils, and sculptures of wood, stone, and bronze. Today, Freeman works extensively from his home in California, continuing to create art, pursuing one of his greatest enjoyments.

Robert Freeman: A Retrospective exemplifies Freeman's love of surrealism and cubism. The exhibit will open June 6 and run through August 30. The artist's reception the evening of June 6 will be free to the public.

The exhibit and reception are at the Dakota Discovery Museum. As of June 1, museum hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (605) 996-2122 or visit