Release Date: February 21, 2014
by Dana Lance, Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
Sulphur, Okla. – The Chickasaw Visitor Center is showcasing a collection of Chickasaw artist Brent Greenwood’s art work until the end of the month.
This exclusive exhibit displays several pieces of Greenwood’s award-winning work; primarily acrylic and mixed media paintings which blend tribal history and design elements in a contemporary fashion.
"My art explores my identity as an urban indigenous person,” Greenwood said.
The vivid color and imagery of his works have been celebrated in the Kiva Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., and as the 2010 Native Oklahoma's Tourism Guide cover artist.
With titles such as “Skydancer,” “X men,” and “Stomp” the faceless figures in Greenwood’s works speak volumes through colorful images, shadows and intention that captivate the onlooker and provide insight into Native America, spoken through the strokes of his brushwork.
“I take my inspiration from real life, from everyday events. To me, art doesn’t have to be so serious. You can still get your point across sometimes just by the title.”
Greenwood, of Chickasaw and Ponca heritage, was one of 11 American Indian artists who exhibited their work at the sixth annual “Art En Capital,” a major event on the Paris art scene which gathers great artists from around the world. The art exhibit was the first major showing of American Indian art in Europe since the Kiowa Five took their work to Europe in 1928.
A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Greenwood earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Oklahoma City University in 1997.
He has been exclusively represented by the Kiva gallery in Santa Fe since 1998. The Edmond, Okla., resident was selected as the featured artist for the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival in 2010 and 2011 and was commissioned to produce art for the nursing school building at his alma mater, OCU.
Greenwood also shares his artistic talents with young students at the Chickasaw arts academy. For more information on Greenwood, his art and life, visit www.brentgreenwood.com.
Tracie Tuck Davis
Chickasaw artist Tracie Jeanine Tuck Davis’ artwork is also currently on display at the Chickasaw Visitor Center.
Davis creates contemporary paintings and artwork with inspiration from research, history and ancient images. Symbols and stories found on pottery, breastplates and other native artifacts are highlighted within her art. Davis’ art crosses a range of mediums and includes painting, sculpture, weaving and print making. She derives her inspiration for her artwork from historical subject matter. She also has a passion for abstract art. Working in mixed media and paint, she translates her enthusiasm into artwork.
Davis won the Best in Show Award at the 2010 Southeastern Art Show and Market. Most recently Davis has participated in the Red Earth festival and Museum of the Great Plains. She served as president of the Lawton Fort Sill Arts Council in 2011 and 2012, and received “Arts for All” Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.
Davis, of Lawton, Okla. is a fourth-generation Oklahoman.
Chickasaw Visitor Center - Sharing the Story
Designed to provide information and tell the story of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the Chickasaw Visitor Center serves a wide range of tourists, highlights local attractions and communicates the Chickasaw Nation’s connection to the area.
The split-level visitor center includes an information desk, a multipurpose gallery, media room, public restrooms, a gift shop and a prominent wall sculpture by Chickasaw artist Paul Moore.
The Chickasaw Visitor Center is located at 901 W. First Street, Sulphur.
The Chickasaw Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter months and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information about the Chickasaw Visitor Center, call 580-622-8050 or visitchickasawcountry.com.
Last Updated: 10/20/2014