| A member of the Dakota Sioux, JoAnne Bird was raised on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation in eastern South Dakota. She now resides in Bushnell, South Dakota, with her husband Gordon and their three daughters. In addition to art, JoAnne and her family perform contemporary yet traditional Native American music. Gordon has a recording studio and together they are playing a major role in preserving Indian culture.
JoAnne knew she was destined to be an artist since early childhood. After high school, she received art training at Dakota State University, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Santa Fe Institute of Indian Arts. After working several years for the 3M company, she decided to leave the commercial art field to devote herself to a full-time professional art career.
In addition to painting, JoAnne is an accomplished sculptor working in bronze. Her sculptures, many larger than life, can be found throughout the United States and Europe. Among them are commissions of the Indian leaders "Shakopee", located in the Minnesota State Capital Building, and "Sleepy Eye", located in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.
JoAnne's paintings can be found in museums and private collections throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. She has won numerous awards for her work and is especially proud of being inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame as the 1992 "Artist of the Year".
Everyone who owns one of JoAnne's works of art takes great pride in that ownership. Her paintings, always refreshing, never grow old and are a center of interest in any setting.
You can visit her website at www.joannebird.com.