Nov 12, 2012 4:00 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN

Great Falls teen has art displayed in Smithsonian Museum

GREAT FALLS - Jade Bread, a sophomore at Great Falls High School, has become one of the youngest and only females to have her work displayed in the Native American Ledger Art Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

Jade said, "It was really exciting, it's definitely unlike anything that has ever happened to me."

Jade explained, "I went to the Cherokee Art Market this year, and we went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I showed my piece there. I'd seen that I won best in show and there was a guy from the Smithsonian there. Later in the morning right when we opened up he came by and wanted to buy it from me."

Jade is not new to winning awards for her artwork, but having a national museum wanting to put it on display was a new experience for her: "I honestly can't even express how happy I am to have something like that happen to me, it's so exciting and not many people, not many 15 year olds, have someone like, 'Hey, I want to buy that for like the biggest museum in America.'"

Her mother Jackie is very proud of her and the artwork she has created, but most importantly, the meaning it has for their culture.

Jackie said, "Oh, I think it's amazing. One of the parts that's really special to me is that she is carrying on our way of life, like Blackfeet Nation, she is representing us and she does it really really well, she tells an excellent story."

Having the experience of selling her artwork to a national museum has not only been an amazing experience for Jade, but has inspired her to keep pursuing her dreams: "Really makes me want to go home and work, just because i want to be like that someday, I really do, I want to be a famous ledger artist."


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