Kevin Red Star Receives Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Award

May 2010

Honorary doctoral degree recipient Kevin Red Star was born on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. In 1962, during his second year of high school, Kevin was selected to attend the newly created Institute of American Indian Arts. This year Kevin recieved an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Award at IAIA's 2010 Commencement in Santa Fe, NM.



Author to Speak and Artist Receive Honorary Degree at The Institute of American Indian Arts 2010 Commencement Santa Fe, NM on May 14, 2010 on the IAIA campus.

Kevin Red Star

A Bachelor's degrees in fine art and art was granted, as well as associate of fine art degrees. The first three students to earn business and entrepreneurship certificates at IAIA werel also recognized.

Author Susan Power (Standing Rock Sioux) delivered the commencement address. Renowned Crow painter and IAIA alumnus Kevin Red Star was granted an honorary doctoral degree during the ceremony.

IAIA museum studies student Elviria Aquino (Ohkay Owingeh/Jicarilla Apache/Isleta Pueblo)spoke on behalf of the class of 2010, as well.

Honorary doctoral degree recipient Kevin Red Star was born on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. In 1962, during his second year of high school, Kevin was selected to attend the newly created Institute of American Indian Arts. Red Star went on to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, Montana State University and Eastern Montana College.

In 1971, the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning offered him his first one-man exhibition. Since that time he has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Red Star's pieces are housed in numerous permanent collections including the collections of the Smithsonian and the Whitney Museum of Art. Red Star credits much of his success to his experience at IAIA and has been an adamant supporter of the institution for years.

Commencement speaker Susan Power is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of two books, The Grass Dancer (a novel) and Roofwalker (a story collection). The Grass Dancer was awarded a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995 and Roofwalker a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including: The Best American Short Stories of 1993, Story, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and Harper's Bazaar. She is the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, and USA Artists Fellowship. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 
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