(Born 1942) Sam English is an Ojibwe artist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2009 by SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts). "Since 1994 this award recognizes the best of native artists, the way they've shared their art with their own communities and other communities. The honorees's life examplifies more than just being an artist. Sam used his art to communicate who he is and how he stands in the world" Bruce Bernstein, Executive Director of SWAIA
A book was published this year titled Sam English: The Life, Work and Times of an Artist. it is available through Birchbark Books, www.birchbarkbooks.com .
His paintings utilize oils, acrylic paint, watercolor, graphite, pen and pastel. He has also made prints and many of his images have been utilized in posters.
During the 1960's he was a member of the North American Indian Artist Group. He has routinely been involved with Indian issues, many of them political in nature. December 1989 of Southwest Art magazine featured an article on the work of Sam English.