2019 Bosque Art Classic Judge

Oreland C. Joe Sr.

Oreland C. Joe Sr. is recognized as a master of stone and bronze sculptures.  A native of New Mexico of Diné (Navajo) and Ute descent, Oreland credits his family and his travels abroad as major influences in his work.  Studying and experiencing the masters in European art were life-changing experiences, he has said.

“I find strength, faith, and dignity through my heritage—yet I also find these in other cultures—and I derive inspiration and motivation from them as well,” Oreland says.

Oreland’s accomplishments are many.  He was the first Native American admitted as a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and he has won numerous gold and silver medals at CAA competitions.  He has garnered the gold medal at Masters of the American West exhibit at the Autry as well as the Prix de West Purchase Award.  He was also commissioned by The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, to create The First Council – five life-size figures and a dog.

“In my humble opinion, I’m just an artist who happens to be Native American,” Oreland says, “I find myself in a unique place of receiving blessings from two worlds.”

Rubbing Out the Company Bugler by Oreland C. Joe Sr.

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