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Virtual Artist Discussion with Bill Brien

September 16 @ 6:00 pm CDT

Bill Brien is a Lakota, Dakotah, Chippewa, Metis artist. Brien is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, in 2011 with a degree in history with minors in philosophy and geography. Since 2011, Brien has resided in the city of Bismarck, ND.

In 2016, Brien found his love and passion for art because of his wife, Geri. Geri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early 2015 Geri was cancer free but by the end of 2015 the cancer had returned and spread.

Brien is a self taught artist. He calls himself “a digital cell phone artist.” His chosen medium is digital art, using his cell phone as his canvas to create all his work. Brien’s art has been displayed at two local Bismarck art galleries: Bismarck Art & Galleries Association and the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative.

Brien had a piece in the 2019 Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island Art Exhibit at the All My Relations Art Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. He participated in the 2020 Online Heard Museum Indian Art Market. Brien recently was awarded first place in the category he entered at the 2021 Red Earth Festival Juried Art Show in Shawnee, OK. Brien’s work can also be seen at area pow-wow’s during the summer months.

The highlight of Brien’s art career is being recognized by the Bismarck Cancer Center at its annual Hope Giver’s Extraordinaire Banquet. Brien was recognized for donations made to the Bismarck Cancer Center from art sales in honor of his late wife, Geri. Geri made her Heavenly journey May 1, 2018, after a four year battle with breast cancer.

This is a free virtual discussion series open to our members, friends, and visitors. As we continue to work on developing more programs, please consider donating to the museum. https://mitchellmuseum.org/donate/

We want to thank each one of our featured artists as well as our sponsor. This artist’s program was generously funded in part by Evanston Arts Council.

For more information about this program, please contact: info@mitchellmuseum.org


September 16
6:00 pm CDT
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Josee Starr
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