Master sculptor, Oreland C. Joe, Sr. is world- renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculptures. His works can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections in the United States and abroad. Oreland is a native New Mexican and is of Dine’ (Navajo) and Ute descent.
The influences in Oreland's life include his
family and his travels abroad to France, Italy and Japan.
Studying European art and culture, seeing and feeling
the impressive artistic works of the Masters in Greek,
Roman, Renaissance and Baroque periods were significant
life-changing experiences. Oreland still spends much of
his time studying the Masters (Bernini, Canova, and Michelangelo).
Incorporating his Native American heritage into what he
studies and creates has proven to be a successful quality
in Oreland’s career.
Oreland's love for art has placed him
in an elite class of stone and bronze sculptors. His accomplishments
are numerous and one of them is being the first Native
American to be admitted as a member to the prestigious
Cowboy Artists of America organization. In 1996, Oreland
was commissioned by the Ponca City Native American Foundation
to produce a 22-foot bronze sculpture of Chief Standing
Bear; his most public artistic statement to date. The
Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma honored him with a
retrospective showing at the Gilcrease Rendezvous 99.
During the same year, Oreland also captured the Silver
medal for sculpture at the CAA show, and the Gold medal
at the Masters of the West exhibition at the Autry Museum
in Los Angeles. In September 2000, Oreland received the
New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
In June 2002, the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee
of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, commissioned Oreland to create
five life-size figures and a dog, titled The First Council.
I find strength, faith, and dignity through
my heritage; yet I also find these in other cultures and
I derive inspiration and motivation from them as well.
In my humble opinion, I am just an artist who happens
to be Native American. I find myself in a unique place
of receiving blessings from two worlds. My goal and desire
is to have more Native American artists to be in this