Renowned artist Jd Challenger featured in new exhibit

“Hear the Voices of the People” Jd Challenger Oil on Canvas
Courtesy Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum

The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum announces the opening of its new temporary exhibit — Jd Challenger: Works from the Artist’s Private Collection. 

The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit featuring works from the personal collection of the artist Jd Challenger. Challenger is considered one of America’s leading painters of Native Americans; his pieces can be found in major museums and private collections across the country; at least one former U.S. president owns a Jd Challenger original. 

The exhibit came about when private collectors, Robert and Laura Gray of Ohio, purchased, “Hear the Voices of the People” from Exposures Gallery International based in Sedona, Ariz., which represents Challenger. The Grays understood the significance of the piece immediately and decided that it should travel for the benefit of Native American artists and tribes. 

Soon thereafter, Exposures Gallery International owner, Marty Herman, was discussing the idea with his friend, Arthur Piubeni who is president of Essential Magazine. Piubeni suggested the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum as an opening venue. Discussions were soon held with museum director, Susan Cimburek, and Challenger about additional pieces that might be available to create a full exhibit featuring the artist’s work. 

Challenger generously provided 28 additional pieces from his and his wife’s personal collection, including each of their favorite works. The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is grateful to all involved who have provided both financial support and logistical and promotional assistance for the exhibit. The exhibition is located at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, Colo. and will run through December 31, 2022. 

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