VISUAL VOICES: Contemporary Chickasaw Art touring exhibition is moving and passionate, surprising in its modernity, but ancient at its core. Nearly sixty artworks of present-day Chickasaw painters, potters, sculptors, metalsmiths and weavers convey a beautiful and compelling contemporary visual story. From oil and watercolor to textiles and metals, glass, bronze and other materials, the artworks of fifteen featured Chickasaw artists in this exhibition are unique, intrinsically Southeastern and distinctive in design among today’s contemporary tribal artists. They are rising contemporary voices on an aesthetic landscape of twenty-first century American Indian art.
Native American Christians are often accused of being assimilated or “colonized.” Yet it’s not that simple—especially for the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole people of the Southeastern United States who used to be labeled “civilized.”
The installations in Altars of Reconciliation express diverse, individual faith experiences of three Southeastern Native artists who practice Christianity. Each “altar” depicts ongoing personal reconciliation between the artist and God, with awareness of the complex history of Christianity among Southeastern tribes and the mystery of faith that transcends it.
—Contributing scholar Stacy Fife Pratt, PhD, Muscogee (Creek)
August 2015- May 2018 Return from Exile, Lyndon House, Athens, GA / Museum of Southeast American Indian, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC / Sequoyah National Research Center, Little Rock, AR / Columbia State Community College, Columbia TN / John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR/ Cherokee Heritage Center, Talequah, OK / Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC / Collier County Museum, Naples, FL