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Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 8:14 AM

Bacone College announced Monday that Oglala Lakota Artist Gerald Cournoyer has been promoted to vice president of development. Cournoyer has directed the renowned Bacone College School of Indian Art program since 2018. Michael Elizondo Jr., Cheyenne, has been appointed as the new director of the Bacone College School of Indian Art.

“Gerald is a great ambassador for Bacone College. He can tell our true story, the challenging and difficult times we’ve been through, and our transformation,” President Dr. Ferlin Clark said. “As a Cheyenne artist from Oklahoma with his experience and education, we are confident that Mr. Elizondo will encourage and inspire Native American students to pursue their art degrees at our historic school of Indian art.”

Cournoyer holds a master of fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and a master in nonprofit arts management, which allows him to use his expertise in networking and developing relationships among those who support Bacone College. He is currently pursuing a master in philanthropy, as well.

“This is going to be a new and challenging experience with great rewards for Bacone College,” Cournoyer said. “I’m looking forward to working alongside the president and development team to move the college forward in a positive light as we prepare our students for the future.”

Elizondo also holds a master of fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. He has dedicated much of his career to teaching art and art history at various colleges and mentoring programs in Oklahoma. He maintains his studio practices and a passion for art. Elizondo was an adjunct instructor in 2012-2013 at Bacone College for former director Tony Tiger. His artist website is located at