Joseph J. Allen (Lakota/Ojibwe)  lives on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Born in 1964 at Eagle Butte, SD, Joseph is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He has been creating and exhibiting his art for over 20 years. Joseph’s photographs are in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community archives.

Selected Exhibitions
2012 — Hena Uŋkiksuyapi: In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862, Hillstrom Museum of Art, St. Peter, MN

2012 — Ded Unk’unpi: We Are Here, James J. Hill House Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2011 — Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2011 — Original Green (revisited), All My Relations Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2010 — Group Exhibitor, Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2010 — This is Displacement, Edge Center for the Arts, Bigfork, MN
2010 — Foot in the Door, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
2010 — Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
2009 — Hokah!, Ancient Traders Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2009 — Group Exhibitor, Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2009 — Visual Sovereignty: International Indigenous Photography, C. N. Gorman Museum, Davis, CA
2008 — Mnisota Dakota Home, Form+Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2008 — Community Exhibitor, Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2008 — Spirit of Place, New York Mills Cultural Center, New York Mills, MN
2008 — Who is a Citizen? What is Citizenship? Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2007 — Community Photography Showcase, Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2006 — Land Speaks, Two Rivers Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2003 — Waasa Inaabidaa (We Look in All Directions), The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
2001 — Juxtaposition, Ancient Traders Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2000 — Minnesota 2000, Minnesota Historical Society, History Center Museum
1997 — Through Native Eyes, pARTs gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1994 — McKnight Photography Fellows, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota

2003 — Shakopee Mdwewakanton Dakota Community Archives
2002 — Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
1998 — Minnesota Historical Society

2012 — Creative Community Leadership Fellow, Intermedia Arts, Fargo, ND
2012 — Artist in Business Leadership Fellow, First Peoples Fund, Rapid City, SD
2011 — Anishinabe Artist Initiative Grant, Region 2 Arts Council, Bemidji, MN
1998 — “Best Photo Spread,” Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).
1996 — First Place “Photo Shootout,” NAJA.
1993 — McKnight Photography Fellowship

2011 — Beloved Child, Minnesota Historical Society Press
2000 — Minnesota in Our Time: A Photographic Portrait, Minnesota Historical Society Press
1997 — Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition, Lerner Publications

Work Experience
Present – 2003 — Freelance Photographer, Minneapolis, MN
2002 – 2001 — Photographer, Allies Media Art, Minneapolis, MN
2001 — Project Assistant, Native American Journalists Assoc., Minneapolis, MN
2000-1993 — Editor/Publisher, “The Circle” Newspaper, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching Experience
2012 — Adjunct Faculty, White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN
2011 — Nature of Technology Camp, White Earth Reservation, MN
2006 — Artist in Residence, American Indian Magnet School, St. Paul, MN
2003 — Artist in Residence, Four Directions High School, Minneapolis, MN
2001 — Photography Instructor, American Indian Journalism Institute, University of South Dakota, Vermilion, SD

Contact: josephjallen@yahoo.com


  • Joe Courneya (Average Joe) September 25, 2012

    Hi Joe, enjoyed browsing the images in your site, Keep up the great work. AJ

  • Wiingashkwe March 23, 2014

    Nice to come across your works. I am working on a painting project for my class and while doing research on Andy Warhol, I found your site.Take care! Tell Bec I said Boozhoo!

  • admin March 25, 2014

    Hi, Sue. Great to hear from you. Becca says hi, too.


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