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Lighting Pathways: Matriarchs of Oklahoma Native Art
Exhibition

Lighting Pathways: Matriarchs of Oklahoma Native Art

On View Through April 28, 2024

The Oklahoma Native art scene of the 1970s through 1990s was exuberant, sometimes excessive, and marked by rapid changes. The seven women artists in Lighting Pathways: Matriarchs of Oklahoma Native Art came from diverse tribes and overcame challenges, difficult to imagine today. They forged successful careers in the bustling heyday of the late 20th-century Oklahoma Native art world. Drawing from cultural symbolism and stories, they each shared their own visions of Native identity, history, and worldviews with Native and non-Native audiences. These women made their voices heard and are today recognized for their impact on Native American art.

Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa), Mary Adair (Cherokee), Adeline Chaddlesone (Kootenai), Ruthe Blalock Jones (Shawnee/Delaware/Peoria), Brenda Kennedy (Citizen Potawatomi), Jane Osti (Cherokee), Virginia Stroud (Keetoowah Cherokee/Muscogee).

This exhibition is curated by America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) and Tahnee Ahtone (Kiowa/Seminole/Mvskoki)

Object Highlights

Seed Jar
Seed Jar

Jane Osti, Cherokee

Ceramic. Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson.

Kiowa Dog Soldiers
Kiowa Dog Soldiers

Virginia Stroud, Cherokee/Muscogee

Acrylic on ledger paper. Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson.

Gourd Jar
Gourd Jar

Jane Osti, Cherokee

Ceramic. Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson

Events

Related Events & Programming

Lighting Pathways: Matriarchs of Oklahoma Native Art — Panel Discussion

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Oklahoma Native art scene of the 1970s through 1990s was exuberant, sometimes excessive, and marked by rapid changes. Seven women artists came from diverse tribes and overcame challenges difficult … Continued

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