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Visual Voices


Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art offers celebratory and mysterious, thought-provoking, and critical two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, including abstract and experimental contemporary Chickasaw art.

This traveling exhibition offers an opportunity to view recent works by leading and emerging artists of the Chickasaw Nation.

The artworks analyze the complex relationship between contemporary Chickasaw life and rich tribal history and culture. Each artist demonstrates a personal approach. Many of the artists are inspired by traditional Chickasaw elements of design and render them using contemporary materials and aesthetics to create an innovative visual language. Others investigate tribal stories, belief systems, or family histories and traditions, and how these relate to present-day Chickasaw life.

With more than 65 artworks reflecting a wide variety of themes, techniques and methods, the exhibition finds balance in the artists’ strong connection to tribal identity as well as his or her distinctly individual and cultural roots.

The exhibit is organized by concepts and subjects important to the artists, including personal and collective identities; seasonal and nature-related themes (including social and environmental dimensions of human relationships with the earth); place and belonging (including artists’ relationship to their current and historic homelands); as well as cross-cultural relationships and influences characteristic of the Chickasaw artists’ experience today.

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art is made possible by grants provided by the Chickasaw Nation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by assistance from The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

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Image Credits
Bill Hensley (U.S., Chickasaw, b. 1978)
Young Chickasaw Man, 2014
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
Loan courtesy of Capital Assets, Inc.

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 7
6 p.m.: Members and VIP Exhibition Preview

Nancy Johnston Records Gallery
Museum members and VIPs are invited to preview the Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art exhibition before it officially opens to the public and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as valet parking. Not a member? Join today to enjoy this special perk!
7 p.m.: Public Opening Remarks and Artist Panel
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Join us for a special presentation featuring the guest exhibition curator and artists from the exhibition. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seats for the lecture. Seating in the auditorium and overflow is expected to fill up quickly, so please call us at (405) 325-2297 to reserve your spot today!
8 p.m.: Public Opening Reception
Sandy Bell Gallery

Following the lecture, please join us for a public reception with light refreshments, a cash bar, and live music.

Family Day
1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Explore the Visual Voices exhibition and enjoy stomp-dancing, storytelling, and art projects presented by the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Back to School Student Party
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Sandy Bell Gallery

Celebrate the new school year while checking out the museum’s contemporary Chickasaw show, Visual Voices. Meet artists from the show and enjoy a stickball demo on the lawn. At 8 p.m., rock out with Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln! Complimentary refreshments and good vibes will be provided.