Mr. Scholder was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and attended high school in Pierre, South Dakota, where he studied with well-known Native American painter Oscar Howe. His family moved to Sacramento in 1957 where he had the opportunity to further develop his style while studying with Wayne Thiebaud. Mr. Scholder started exhibiting his work regionally.
In 1961, Mr. Scholder received a scholarship to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Southwest Indian Art Project at the University of Arizona, studying with noted Native artists Lloyd Kiva New and Charles Loloma. He received a Master of Fine Arts in 1964, and that year, he sold the first of several of his paintings to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mr. Scholder continued to travel around the world, drawing inspiration from people and places. His artwork has been exhibited in museums throughout the United States and internationally; he has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and the subject of documentaries; and he served as artist-in-residence and visiting artist in several universities.
Highlights from the BIA Museum Collection was developed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Museum Program, September 2016.
Shannon Stiles, Staff Curator
Annie Pardo, Museum Program Manager
(with assistance from the summer intern)
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