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October 1 – November 20, 2016



About the Exhibition

Within the first 40 years of the 19th century, almost all of the original inhabitants of the southeastern United States—the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees and Seminoles—had been removed, either voluntarily or forcibly, to new lands in what is now the state of Oklahoma. In a stunning triumph of ethnic cleansing, the U.S. government’s policy of removal of Indian tribes from their ancestral homelands succeeded in uprooting and relocating whole tribal cultures to a strange and distant Indian Territory in the West. For almost 200 years now, that strange and distant territory has been home to the “Five Civilized Tribes”— while the original homelands in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and the Carolinas have in large part become a distant memory only recalled through historic documents and oral tradition. But has that memory, that connection to place of origin, really disappeared? How do contemporary Southeastern Native peoples see themselves in light of the historic events of removal and displacement? Do these historic events still have an affect on lives today? These are the questions this exhibition seeks to address, through responses and reactions to the themes of removal, return, and resilience, presented by 32 of the top Native American artists of Southeastern tribal affiliation working today.

 

Exhibiting Artists

Marcus Amerman
(Choctaw)
Roy Boney, Jr. *
(Cherokee)
Dylan Cavin
(Choctaw)
Mel Cornshucker
(United Keetoowah Band)
Toneh Chuleewah
(Cherokee)
Faren Sanders Crews
(Eastern Band Cherokee)
Jeff Edwards
(Cherokee)
Joseph Erb *
(Cherokee)
Bill Glass, Jr.
(Cherokee)
Demos Glass
(Cherokee)
Shan Goshorn *
(Eastern Band Cherokee)
Brent Greenwood
(Chickasaw / Ponca)
Starr Hardridge *
(Muscogee Creek)
Benjamin Harjo, Jr.
(Absentee Shawnee / Seminole)
Norma Howard
(Choctaw / Chickasaw)
Troy Jackson *
(Cherokee)
Linda Lomahoftewa
(Hopi / Choctaw)
Bobby C. Martin *

(Muscogee Creek)
America Meredith *
(Cherokee)
Gary Montgomery
(Seminole)
Randi Nicole Narcomey-Watson
(Seminole / Muscogee Creek)
Jessica Osceola
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)
Sallyann Paschal
(Cherokee)
Sarah Sense
(Chitimacha / Choctaw)
Erin Shaw *
(Chickasaw / Choctaw)
Tony Tiger *
(Sac and Fox / Muscogee Creek / Seminole)
Karin Walkingstick
(Cherokee)
Margaret Wheeler

(Chickasaw)
Richard Ray Whitman
(Yuchi / Muscogee Creek)
Holly Wilson
(Delaware / Cherokee)
*Indicates featured artist


About the Curators

Tony Tiger is the former Director of Art and Assistant Professor at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He earned an MFA from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from Oklahoma State University, and an Associate of Art degree from Seminole State College. Tiger is an award-winning painter, printmaker and mixed media artist who has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally. Tony also curates art exhibitions and lectures on contemporary Native American art. Tiger’s curatorial projects have included Art From Indian Territory:Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma, exhibited at the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Concept Me, a self-portrait exhibition of regional artists at the Mainsite Contemporary Gallery in Norman, Oklahoma in June 2014.

Bobby C. Martin is a printmaker/painter/educator/curator who works out of his 7 Springs Studio near West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. Martin’s artwork is exhibited and collected internationally. He has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, the most recent being a one-person exhibition entitled Back in the Day, in the East Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2011. In 2013, he curated, Indian Ink, an exhibition of historic and contemporary Native printmakers from the J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art in Little Rock, Arkansas. Martin’s work is in numerous museum collections, including the Philbrook Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Hood Museum and the Sam Noble Museum. An enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe, he currently holds an Associate Professor of Visual Arts position at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He frequently leads printmaking workshops and retreats at his studio and at various musuems and art centers in the midwest.

Jace Weaver is the Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and the Director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia. He is a leading scholar in the field, specializing in the historic tribes of what is today the American Southeast. He is the author or editor of thirteen published or forthcoming books and numerous articles. He and his wife Laura, also a scholar in the field, have been collecting Native art, specializing in the Southeast, for over twenty years.

 


Sponsored by the Hardesty Family Foundation



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Southeastern Indian Artists’ Association