New exhibit to examine Native American art in the face of assimilation

Osage artist Addie Roanhorse, of Pawhuska, will be a featured artist in the “Post Plymouth” exhibit, opening Nov. 1 at Exhibit C Native Gallery & Gifts in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown District.

OKLAHOMA CITY – “Post Plymouth” opens Nov. 1 at Exhibit C Native Gallery & Gifts, Oklahoma City’s premier Native American art gallery, located in the Bricktown district.

The show will feature the work of four Native American artists and considers how Native American culture has survived — even thrived — in the face of assimilation.

“Each of these artists explores the collision of cultures that’s taken place since Europeans landed at Plymouth,” said Paige Williams Shepherd, Chickasaw Nation director of corporate development and tourism. “Using diverse materials and mixed media, their works show the way Native culture has adapted over the last four centuries. This unique show offers visitors a modern view of Native American art and culture.”

The four featured artists are Roy Boney Jr., of Tahlequah; Cannupa Hanska Luger, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Daniel McCoy, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Addie Roanhorse, of Pawhuska.

Boney is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an award-winning filmmaker, artist and writer. Boney earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Oklahoma State University and a master of arts degree in studio art from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. His work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally, including in Santa Fe; Paris, France; and at Oklahoma exhibits in Tahlequah, Tulsa, Muskogee, Norman and more.

Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent. His work incorporates ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel and cut paper and may include performance and political action components. Luger has exhibited his work around the world, including at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta and at Art Mûr Montreal. Lugers holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and was a 2016 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation artist fellow.

McCoy is a painter and artist who works with oils, enamels, acrylics and ink. He is of Muscogee (Creek) and Citizen Band Potawatomi descent and graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2003 with a degree in two-dimensional arts. He worked under commercial artist Chuck Osborn for eight years in Tulsa, painting everything from television backdrops to billboards. McCoy’s work has been featured in shows across the country, including in Santa Fe; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Tulsa; Phoenix, and more.

Roanhorse is an Osage artist who works in a wide variety of different mediums. Her early childhood exposure to art, by parents that were both successful artists, grew into a passion for mixed media paintings. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rogers State University. She is employed by the Osage Nation of Oklahoma as their senior graphic designer, where she continues to expand her portfolio. Her work can be seen at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market and has been published in the Santa Fean magazine.

“Post Plymouth” will be on display until Feb. 28, 2019.

The public is invited to an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Exhibit C.

Visitors are encouraged to talk with the artists and discuss their work at the reception.

For more information about the artists, or other art at Exhibit C, visit exhibitcgallery.com.

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