Mitch Battese, began his artistic career early, often competing in local shows and competitions in Oklahoma. Mitch attended boarding school at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Pine Ridge South Dakota High School graduate, he attended Bacone College in Oklahoma and studied under noted Native Artist “Chief” Terry Saul, a former leader in the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma. Mitch received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. He has shown and entered art competitions in the Annual National Parks Service Art Competition, the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, and the wholesale Indian Art Market in Mesa, Arizona which is sponsored by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. He has also exhibited his work at the Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 2008 Mitch provided the art work for the U.S. Indian Health Service Elders Conference.