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Two Osage artists complete Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership program

Addie Roanhorse and Jarica Walsh are graduates of the 10th Annual Leadership Arts Program through the Oklahoma Arts Council. They received their awards at the Oklahoma Arts Conference in Enid, Oct. 24-26.

The Leadership Arts program equips approximately 30 participants from throughout the state each year to become leaders and advocates for the arts in their communities. Participants are selected based on an application process and include members from around the state in roles such as educators, artists and art advocates, according to a prepared release.

“We should be proud of their accomplishments, not only as artists, but as representatives of the Osage Nation,” said Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear in the release.

Participants traveled to Sulphur, Lawton, Pawhuska and Tulsa for the four two-day sessions to learn about the impact the arts have in each community, including the economic development, education and quality of life.

“As an artist, you’re so focused on the work and the creating,” said Roanhorse in the release. “To learn about data and statistics behind the impact of art in communities, especially the rural and veteran communities, was moving. Veterans are processing and healing through programs like glassblowing, painting, ceramics and creative writing.”

Roanhorse and Walsh are two of several Osage Nation member graduates of the program.

Addie Roanhorse is an Osage artist and graphic designer working predominantly in mixed media and serigraph printing. She works for the Osage Nation as their in-house Graphic Designer/Photographer and is the Co-Owner of the Little Rain Song Loft in downtown Pawhuska. Roanhorse’s contemporary realism approach to art depicts the details of her culture, incorporating the balance of clean lines and texture. She recently showed at Santa Fe Indian Art Market with her 10-year-old daughter Anya. Roanhorse completed her BFA with an emphasis in Visual Arts at Rogers State University in 2015. Her exposure to art began early in her childhood, influenced by her parents who are both professional artists. Roanhorse was immersed in an artist’s lifestyle, living in Santa Fe, N.M., and on the Southern Coast of California with her parents. She spent summers with her grandparents on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma where she currently resides with her daughter Anya.

Jarica Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, where she received her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She is a visual artist working primarily in ceramics. Walsh is the 2017 Artist in Residence at Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts. She also maintains a ceramics studio in the Paseo Arts District. Walsh is an active curator, including Symbiotic 2017 and 2018, and Scorched Earth: Subversive Ceramics at The Paseo Plunge. She was recently promoted to Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and is passionate about serving the needs of visual artists statewide. Walsh is a Fellow of Artist INC OKC 2015, and a graduate of Oklahoma Arts Council's Leadership Arts Class X.

As part of the program, Pawhuska was the host of a two-day session April 26-27. Nationally recognized, the Leadership Arts program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a project of the Oklahoma Arts Council in cooperation with the communities of Sulphur, Lawton, Pawhuska, Tulsa, and Enid.

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