Katelyn Bladel is an artist and educator. She currently lives on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota (Lakota), where she is the Art Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud. Bladel earned her MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico and her BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She believes and supports the power of community art and art education to encourage individual expression. Through community projects and accessible arts education, Bladel works to cultivate lifelong creative and critical thinking skills in both children and adults. In her practice as an artist and educator, Bladel supports humanitarian causes through artistic collaboration and commissions with organizations such as UNM4Nepal, The Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud, and the Keya Wakpala community garden of Rosebud. Her prints, photographs, sculpture and video works have been widely exhibited, and address concerns of collective memory, sense of place, alternative narratives, and cultural landscapes, especially regarding North American settler colonialism and its continuing consequences.
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