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Art grants will fund American Indian exhibits at OU, OSU

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund exhibits highlighting American Indians.

The OSU Museum of Art was received an Art Works award of $15,000 from the NEA to support an exhibition of artwork and programming centered on female deities in Native American creation stories.  

The exhibition, titled "From the Belly of Our Being: art by and about Native creation," features work by contemporary Indigenous women whose art is known to honor the feminine forces found in the artists’ tribal genesis stories. It will be on view Sept. 26 through Jan. 28 at the OSU Museum of Art.

The exhibit will be accompanied by programming that includes guest lectures, dance performances, and workshops.

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At OU, historical photographs by 20th century photographer Edward Curtis and new works by Navajo photographer Will Wilson will be shown together at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

"PHOTO/SYNTHESIS" is supported by a $40,000 NEA grant. It will be the museum's major spring 2017 exhibition.

Wilson’s photographs of contemporary descendants from the Curtis portraits will shed light on the historic role and misuse of photography in the depiction of Native Americans. Wilson will visit Oklahoma this summer to photograph the living descendants and tribal members of those originally photographed by Curtis.

Work by Curtis also is featured in a rare multivolume portfolio on the Indians of the United States and Alaska housed in OU’s Western History Collections.

For more information call (405) 325-4938.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›