Artist: Ted Sitting Crow Garner, Chicago
Ted Sitting Crow Garner, who is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Tribe and of Sihasapa and Miniconjou descent, says his sculpture "Wending" carries a theme familiar to many of his larger abstract works: the hope for attainment of spiritual enlightenment — or at least the aspiration thereto. The word "wending" means, "to go or to move on," as in the phrase "wending one's way."
Garner has been creating sculptures in the Chicago area since the age of 16. A metal artist for more than 36 years, he earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1982, and while there founded its first formal student gallery. Garner's artwork may be found in numerous public and private collections across the United States and Canada, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis and Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. His work has received numerous prizes and support in the form of fellowships and grants, including from The Joyce Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He also has been a nominee for a fellowship from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.