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Library Artwork: Second Floor

A floor-by-floor guide of the art featured in Livingston Lord Library.


Vision/Close Up


Rescue of Storm


Rainbow After the Vision


Second Floor Artwork

About the artist:

Award-winning author and illustrator of children’s literature, S.D. Nelson is a mixed-blood of Norwegian and Lakota Sioux descent; he is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. His paintings offer a contemporary interpretation of traditional Lakota images.

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Art & Design. He taught elementary and junior high school art classes for more than twenty years. He now devotes his time to book illustration, designing CD covers, and greeting cards.

About the book and paintings:

The book, Crazy Horse’s Vision, was written by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by S.D. Nelson. It is the true story of the great Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, who, as a young boy, defies tradition and seeks a vision on his own in hopes of saving his people.

S.D. Nelson chose to create the illustrations for the book in acrylic paints, utilizing inspiration from the ledger book style of the Plains Indians.