Oreland C. Joe, Sr.

Oreland C. Joe, Sr.

Master sculptor Oreland Joe is world-renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculptures. His works can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the United States and abroad. Oreland is a native New Mexican and is of Diné (Navajo) and Ute descent.

The influences in Oreland's life include his family and his travels abroad to France, Italy and Japan. Studying the impressive artistic works of the Masters in Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Baroque periods were significant life-changing experiences.

Oreland's accomplishments are numerous. He was the first Native American to be admitted as a member to the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America organization. In two decades of CAA membership, he has won four Gold and three Silver medals for his sculptures. Awards also include gold medals in 1999 and 2006 at Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Los Angeles, CA, and  Purchase Award at the Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK.

"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. In my humble opinion, I'm just an artist who happens to be Native American. I find myself in a unique place of receiving blessings from two worlds. My goal and desire is to have more Native American artists to be in this place."

This is the third year Oreland is participating in Night of Artists, having exhibited in 2006 and 2007.