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Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty
Born1950 (age 71–72)
Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Popular, Montana, U.S.
Other namesJoyce Growing Thunder
Known forBeadwork and Quillwork
Give Away Horses dress (2006) created by the Growing Thunder Fogarty family

Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (born 1950) is a Native American artist. She is of the Assiniboine Sioux, Dakota people, and is known for her beadwork and quillwork. She creates traditional Northern Plains regalia. The Smithsonian named her as "one of the West's most highly regarded beadworkers".[1]


Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty was born in Poplar, Montana, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.[2] She started beading and sewing as a child taught by her grandmothers on the reservation.[3] Throughout her life she created artistic works using traditional designs of Plains Indians, and became the matriarch of a family with many beadwork artisans,[4] include her daughter, Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty and granddaughter, Jessica "Jessa Rae".[5]


Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty is the only artist to have won the "Best of Show" three times at the Santa Fe Indian Market.[3][4] She has created over 500 dresses in her lifetime; other works include cradleboards, dance outfits, horse masks, and dolls.[1] Growing Thunder Fogarty's works are created with seed bead, and organic materials such as horse hair, brain-tanned leather, earth pigments, and other natural materials. Her dolls are finely detailed and embody tribal specific and familial significant designs.

Growing Thunder Fogarty's work can be found in permanent museum collections including, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian,[6] Metropolitan Museum of Art,[7] Ralph T. Coe Foundation,[2] Fenimore Art Museum,[8] the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,[9] and more. Her work is featured in books Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses, and The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art.[5][2]

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  1. ^ a b Blumberg, Jess (2007-11-01). "Beading the Way". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c Coe, Ralph T.; King, Jonathan C. H.; Ostrowitz, Judith (2003). The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 194. ISBN 1588390853.
  3. ^ a b Bol, Marsha C. (2018). The Art & Tradition of Beadwork. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 1423631803 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b Her Many Horses, Emil. Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses. New York: Collins and the Smithsonian Institution, 2007. ISBN 0-06-115369-9. page 43
  5. ^ a b Rosenberg, Karen (2008-10-07). "Identity by Design: The Stories and Labor Behind Native Women's Dresses". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  6. ^ "Object Collections". National Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  7. ^ "Tobacco Bag". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  8. ^ "Collections: Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty". Fenimore Art Museum. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  9. ^ "Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty – Artists/Makers collection". The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Retrieved 2019-02-24.