49 Minutes of Fame: An Exhibition of Native Pop Art


National Willa Cather Center’s Red Cloud Opera House gallery celebrates Native American Heritage month with an exhibition showcasing Native American pop artists. 49 Minutes of Fame plays on a name for powwow after-parties and takes a capacious view of pop art.

The show will feature pop interpretations of traditional materials, artistic appropriations of popular mythologies, and artistic works that “pop” tired myths and stereotypes. Participating artists include Chase Earles, Katie Dorame, Micah Wesley, Marlena Myles, Dustin Mater, Sarah Rowe, Nathaniel Ruleaux, and Johnnie Diacon. 49 Minutes of Fame is curated by Tom Farris of the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City and member of the Cherokee Nation and Otoe-Missouria tribe, and Todd Richardson, James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics and University of Nebraska Omaha’s Goodrich Scholarship Program professor.



An online exhibition featuring myself and the works of Mayumi Amada. I showcased my favorite pieces, created a tutorial to create works similar to mine using bleeding tissue papers and two free coloring pages for folks to download. Exhibition presented by the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee and Forecast Public Art.

the art of

Marlena Myles

digital artist + animator + fabric/fashion designer + book illustrator

Marlena Myles is a self-taught Native American (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee) artist located in St Paul, Minnesota. She has gained recognition as being one of the few Dakota women creating digital art including fabric patterns, animations and illustrations to bring modernity to indigenous history, languages and oral traditions. Growing up on her traditional Dakota homelands here in the Twin Cities, she enjoys using her artwork to teach Minnesotans of all backgrounds the indigenous history of this place we call home.

Bde Óta Othúŋwe & Imnížaska Othúŋwe
Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities)


Dakhóta Thamákhočhe
(Dakota Land Maps)

These maps illustrate the story of the past, present and future of Dakota people and our language in our traditional homelands. Visit the project page to download free posters, purchase larger maps and learn more about the lands Dakota have called home for generations upon generations.


Thíŋta Wíta – Ȟemníčhaŋ Othúŋwe Wašté – Winúŋna
Prairie Island, Red Wing & Winona, Minnesota

“The common misconception with Native art is that it’s traditional — it’s stuck in the past. But the truth is that Native people have always been innovative. So, to use Illustrator is just a continuation of what my ancestors already did.”


I create my digital art using Adobe Illustrator.  Each piece consists of hundreds of layers, gradients and shapes placed upon each other.  When people think of Native American art, they may recall the geometric abstract styles that were historically used by women, or the figurative war scenes created by men, but my art combines both in a fresh way to revamp what people might think of Native art.

I have created works for children’s books, coloring books, animations and fine art in galleries such as  at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Red Cloud Heritage Center, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the South Dakota Art Museum, and the Museum of Nebraska Art to name a few.

Fashion Designs

My Dakota fashion designs are a fusion between my Native culture and various art/fashion/design movements. You can find them all at my Spoonflower account; the prices start at $17.50 for a yard (42″ width) for cotton and $18 for a yard (54″ width) of satin.


My blog features interviews and news articles about my work as well as my writings, reviews and critique about (Native) art.

Fabric Demos

Fabric Demos

Fabric PatternsI've compiled a set of my newest 2020 patterns added to my spoonflower shop. These feature paisleys, florals, neats, watercolors, houndstooth, lace and more. Each one highlights Dakota medicine knowledge in their floral designs. You can order a Fabric...

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