Albert Lee Ferris

Albert Lee Ferris

Albert Lee Ferris
Birth name Albert Lee Ferris
Born (1939-06-17)June 17, 1939
Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, North Dakota
Died August 1, 1986(1986-08-01) (aged 47)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality USA, Ojibwe/Lebanese
Field Artist
Movement Native American Genre
Works Sculpture, Painting
Awards 1983 First Americans in the Arts

Albert Lee Ferris (1939–1986) was a Native American genre artist. He was an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and also had Lebanese/Arabic ancestry. His works have been exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Southern Plains Indian Arts Museum, and other galleries across the United States.


Early life and education

Albert Lee Ferris was born on July 17, 1939 on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in north-central North Dakota. The oldest of 4 sons born to Samuel Ferris and Dora Charette, he spent his formative years living in a multi-cultural family environment, with strong American Indian and Lebanese cultural influences from his family.

He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of North Dakota prior to entering the US Army during the late 1950s.


Following his service in the military, he worked for the Department of Defense at Fort Sam Houston (Texas) where he honed his artistic talents illustrating combat medical training manuals.

After spending much of his career as an artist working in the commercial genre, Albert Lee began to expand into fine arts during the late 1970s and early 1980s. His works were featured at the Southern Plains Indian Art Museum and Crafts Center in Anadarko, Oklahoma in 1982. Following a solid showing, he was asked to participate in the Night of First Americans art expo in Washington, DC, by President Ronald Reagan. His works were also shown widely in such venues as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Fine Arts Center, and other shows across the United States. He was successful in painting (acrylic and oil), sculpture, bronze, and multimedia.

Marriage and children

Married Kristeen Carolyn Evenmo, mother of Jeffrey and Kade. Albert Lee had two children - Jeffrey and Kade.

Death and afterward

On August 1, 1986 Albert Lee died suddenly of illness - cutting short what was a rapidly rising artistic star. His works are highly prized among members of the Little Shell Tribe and among others who experienced his realistic quality and style of his work. One of his many benefactors was former U.S. Senator Quentin Burdick.