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August 16, 2017
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Jerome Tiger on 50th anniversary of his death
Museum commemorates history and anniversary of legendary artist in fall exhibition.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will open Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger on August 25, 2017, running through May 13, 2018.
Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on July 8, 1941, Tiger was a Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole painter who lived in Eufaula and Muskogee, Oklahoma. Leaving school at age 16, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Reserves from 1958 to 1960. Tiger found formal schooling unsatisfying, encouraging him to pursue his passion of drawing and painting.
His first steps into the art world came in 1962 after submitting several paintings to the American Indian Artists Annual at Tulsa’s Philbrook Art Museum. This jump-started his career and allowed others to recognize his talent and unique style. During the next five years, he produced hundreds of paintings, bringing a number of honors. Tiger’s style is said to be a combination of “spiritual vision, humane understanding, and technical virtuosity” with traditional subject matter and composition.
Tiger died in 1967 at the age of 26. Fifty years later, the Museum commemorates the anniversary of his death. Although his career was cut short, he is recognized today as one of the most distinguished Native American artists of all time – his work continues to be shown in museums across the nation.
“It is a great honor to display the coveted works of Jerome Tiger at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,” said the Museum’s Curator of Ethnology Eric Singleton. “As a Museum and educational institution, it is our responsibility to teach and preserve the history of the American West, and Tiger’s story is one that will be told for generations to follow.”
Tiger’s daughter, Dana Tiger, will give a presentation at the Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch Series on September 13, 2017. She will share stories from life with the father who became an art legend in five years. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required; admission is free to the lunch series. For more information about this exhibition and related programming, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. Photos can be found at Nationalcowboymuseum.org/tiger.
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.