Laura Youngbird, Breckenridge

Wilkin County

Jon Solinger Becker County

Laura Youngbird is an award winning artist and an arts educator. She earned her BS, BFA and MA from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a minor in American Indian Studies. An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa, Grand Portage Band, Laura currently lives in Breckenridge, Minnesota and is the Director of Native American Art at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. The themes in her work originated from experiences her grandmother had while at boarding schools and issues that surrounded their assimilation into non-Indian culture. Laura also explores the influences of Christianity on American Indian spirituality and life views. A former LRAC board member, Ms. Youngbird said, “I enjoy learning about the art programs and artists in the region.”