Arts and Entertainment

Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper

August 30 - December 31 2022

1 PM
Barry Art Museum 1075 W. 43rd St., Norfolk, VA

This exhibition highlights the work of Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota). Renowned for her exquisite sculpture, Holy Bear engages in the indigenous tradition of dollmaking, using painstaking micro-beading and other meticulous processes to create her intricate, highly detailed works. These pieces convey far more than technical virtuosity, they are also visual storytellers. Rhonda Holy Bear observes that storytelling is key to her practice, stating “Stories have always played an integral role in the preservation of our native culture.” From the use of indigenous materials and techniques to her choices in visual imagery, Holy Bear’s art deeply engages with family histories, and each aspect of her work conveys significant meaning. This exhibition explores the artist’s creative practice through an intimate selection of her works throughout the past 30 years of her career.

Guest Curated by Sara Woodbury

The Barry Art Museum is grateful to artist Rhonda Holy Bear, the Exhibition Advisory Committee, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, and Susan and David Goode for their generosity and collaborative spirit in creating this exhibit.

Saturday Tours (Beginning at 1PM):

Sept. 3, 2022

Sept. 17, 2022

Sept. 24, 2022

Oct. 22, 2022

Private group tours are available via donations to groups of 6-20 guests.  To inquire, email


Related Programming:

U-Nite After Hours Programming, November 11, 2022 from 5PM-8PM

U-Nite: Story & Craft

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Join us on November 11 for U-Nite: Story & Craft at the Barry Art Museum. This evening will focus on indigenous craft traditions from all over the country. Attendees will view demonstrations and get to experience processes with their own hands. Guest curator, Sara Woodbury will be giving guided tours of our exhibition Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist & Story-Keeper, which features hand-beaded dolls and intricate quill work worthy of up-close investigation. Enjoy live music, refreshments, & edu-tainment at the museum as we celebrate indigenous culture and customs.


Exhibition Advisory Committee:

Keith Anderson, Assistant Chief of the Nansemond Indian Nation

Rhonda Holy Bear, Featured Artist, Lakota Nation

Steven Grafe, Curator of Art, Maryhill Museum of Art

Charlotte Potter Kasic, Executive Director, Barry Art Museum

Drew Lopenzina, Professor of Early American and Native American Literature, Old Dominion University

Sara Woodbury, PhD candidate at William and Mary

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