Ramona Spotted Eagle wins Suzie Cappa Artist of the Year Award

RAPID CITY S.D. – There was a big recognition on Friday night for a Rapid City artist at the Suzie Cappa Arts Center.

Ramona Spotted Eagle was named the 2019 artist of the year. Spotted Eagle will have her artwork on the cover of Black Hills Works’ program catalog. People can also buy t-shirts and magnets with her artwork.

“It was a surprise to me,” said Spotted Eagle on Friday afternoon as she sat in front of a wall which hung her numerous paintings.

Spotted Eagle works across a variety of mediums, from painting to drawing. Spotted Eagle held a variety of jobs including collating and housekeeping until her health declined and her artistic talent was discovered. Staff at the Suzie Cappa Art Center say she blossomed after taking a few basic technique classes.

The award is given to artists who show growth in the community through involvement, or selling their artwork.

According to Britny Jenkins, the project manager of the Suzie Cappa Art Center, practicing painting and getting to sell their works of art means the world to the artists.

“That fulfillment that you get from that validation of like ‘Wow I’m doing something that matters that other people are engaging with’, its more than a paycheck can do for you,” Jenkins said.

The Suzie Cappa Art Center is a sister program of Black Hills Works which allows adults with disabilities create and sell artwork.

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