Award winning artists, Sharon Irla and Katherine Rackliff, invite you for an uncommonly delicious, art retreat experience to automagically refresh the senses, still the mind, and bring it into harmony with the body and Nature. The oil painting techniques of the Old Masters will be taught by Sharon Irla; and Katherine Rackliff will be teaching Cherokee Double-wall basketweaving. There will also be opportunities for Yoga (with Dena Coleman), meditation, and therapeutic massage (by Marnie Cope of Alive & Well Massage), and much more – to calm and ease you into your creative journey and help develop a profoundly deeper connection to your higher creativity.
“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
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 4
6:00 – 7:00pm
Bartlett Center 109
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MA Art History
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Oklahoma State University
For Fort Smith Western Heritage Month, the Classic Charitable Foundation is seeking Native artists to exhibit at their 1st Annual Western Heritage Art Show. The show will be held at the historic Old Frisco Train Station in downtown Fort Smith. It is the first event to be held at the newly restored train station, and expectations are for a large attendance for the weekend of the art show. Please contact Joan McCoy at email@example.com for more information.
January 25 – May 11
Tony Tiger, Essence of Being, 2013, acrylic on paper, 28 x 58 (image courtesy of the artist)
Tony Tiger’s work speaks to a philosophy of contemporary Native soul. His work honors the truth and spirit of Native peoples’ endurance. In the mixed-media exhibition Full Consciousness of Being, Tiger’s context for expression arises from the totality of his personal observations related to intercultural experiences, while drawing on the critical influence Native people have actively contributed to historically and contemporaneously.
About the artist: Tony Tiger, an enrolled member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma and also of Muskogee Creek and Seminole descent, is a mixed media artist, curator and educator. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Oklahoma State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Seminole State College. He is currently 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.
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