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On October 13, 2002, Monique Ziolkowski
and James Howe were married in a
ceremony at Crazy Horse Mountain.
(Photo by Mike Marek)

Monique Ziolkowski-Howe

Monique Ziolkowski-Howe's interest in sculpting started at an early age. She spent much of her time watching her father at work - talking with him and asking him questions. Even though her artistic interests were there from the very beginning, Monique says, "It took me 22 years to finally make something." Her first sculpture was a sea horse, , which she carved in intricate detail from ivory.

Monique has studied art in Boston and in Italy under world-renowned sculptor and teacher, Arcangelo Cascieri. He had a profound influence on her and her art work. During her time at the Boston Museum school, Monique also studied under Bernadette DiAmore and Audio DeBaccari. She is grateful to have studied under such well respected artists and teachers. She will tell you, however, that she is, like her father before her, largely self taught.

Monique's father, Korczak, was the sculptor who began the colossal mountain carving of Crazy Horse in honor of the Native North American Indian people. Monique, her mother, Ruth, and seven of her nine brothers and sisters have dedicated their lives to continuing this labor of love. Monique takes meticulous measurements from her father's scale model, enlarges the measurements, and transfers them to the mountain. She also oversees Korczak's Bronze Program at the Memorial.

One of her greatest challenges as an artist was working with the foundry to create the larger-than-life size Fighting Stallions from her father's 18-inch high mahogany original. The bronze Fighting Stallions was chosen for the memorial on the grounds of the South Dakota state capitol honoring eight prominent South Dakotans, including Gov. George S. Mickelson, who were killed in a plane crash in 1992.


Above: Monique with Arcangelo Cascieri



While upholding her commitment to continue her father's dream of completing the Crazy Horse mountain carving, she is also emerging in the art world as an accomplished artist in her own right. Monique frequently works with her sculpting partner Jim Borglum. Jim is the son of Lincoln Borglum and grandson of Gutzon Borglum, sculptors of Mount Rushmore. Together, Monique and Jim have created the following pieces:

      Wild Bill Hickok, 1993 -- City of Deadwood, SD
      A Century of Love, 1994 -- South Dakota Children's Home
      Taku Wakan, 1996 -- Crazy Horse Memorial

Monique is currently advising and working with a non-profit group, headed by Taso Papadopoulis, that is making plans to carve a 240 feet high marble statue of Alexander the Great in Greek Macedonia.

Monique resides at Crazy Horse Memorial and has one daughter, Heidi.