Tony Tiger: Full Consciousness of Being

"Essence of Being," by Tony Tiger. Acrylic on paper and panel triptych, 28''x54''.


Tony Tiger: Full Consciousness of Being
May 20– June 4, 2014
Gardiner Art Gallery
Bartlett Center for the Arts
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

“My art is fueled by the rediscovery of being. We are more than reflections in a mirror; we are soul and spirit. Life’s complexities, wonders, and mystery allow me, as an artist, the opportunity to participate in practiced observation; creating art.” – Tony Tiger

Tony Tiger: Full Consciousness of Being is a traveling exhibition featuring the work of prominent Native American artist, Tony Tiger. His work uses symbol and metaphor to convey his message and expression of spirit and faith. He describes his work as the result of a “creative journey of understanding,” an active attempt to engage all of his senses with ours – in order that we might be transformed in our own journeys. This exhibition is intended to present contemporary Native work that raises awareness and encourages discussion about the ideas that challenge and inspire our community. The beauty of the colors, patterns, shapes, and surfaces invite the viewer into the work, and allow for a closer look to see the spiritual discursivity among the works.

Tony Tiger is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University and a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma and also of Muscogee Creek and Seminole descent. He currently is the Director of Art and Assistant Professor of Art at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Tiger is also active in the Southeastern Indian Artist Association, a group of artists working together to educate, foster and promote American Indian art.

This exhibition is sponsored in collaboration with the OSU Center for American Indian Studies, the OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies, the Native American Faculty and Staff Association, the University Libraries Oklahoma Oral History Project, and the Oklahoma State University Gardiner Gallery of Art.  Digital photography credit goes to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Dianne Stromberg

Curated by Michelle Rinard and Amy Nies, Graduate Students in Art History at Oklahoma State University.

Reception: Wednesday, June 4
5:00 – 6:00pm

Gardiner Gallery

Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 4
6:00 – 7:00pm
Bartlett Center 109

Please Join Us!

Michelle Rinard
MA Art History
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Oklahoma State University

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