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Children’s art exhibit to show at Osage Nation Museum

Osage artists Addie Roanhorse and Kilan Jacobs are hosting a children’s art workshop at the Osage Nation Museum on Nov. 23 and the produced works of art will be shown at the museum from Dec. 5-19.

The one-day workshop called “Creative Kids – The Blank Canvas Workshop” is funded by money donated from TransCanada to the ON Education Department, according to a news release. Student’s ages 8-17 will learn about art forms and techniques and produce a 20-inch work of art on canvas.

“Experiences like this show children that art extends beyond the classroom and allows them to become active participants in the arts from a young age,” said Hallie Winter, ONM curator in a news release. “I have seen many times how life changing it can be for a young person’s creativity to be noticed and celebrated. The [museum] is proud to partner with the Osage Nation Education Department to cultivate creativity and showcase the art of young Osage students.”

The class for the 8-12 year olds is currently full but there are eight spots left in the 13-17 year old class, Jacobs said.

The workshop’s theme is Osage Heritage and according to Roanhorse, who is the daughter of the late Osage artist Gina Gray, the first age group 8-13 years old will learn about color theory.

“We’ll be talking about ribbonwork designs, what they think they mean and how the colors compare and contrast. We’re going to have them do more of a collage with different types of paper on a canvas,” she said. “Then the older group of students we’re going to talk about water birds and the different versions of water birds throughout our artwork and jewelry, and other designs, and what the water bird means to them.”

Roanhorse said she will have the older students draw their version of a water bird, and teach them about minimalist and cubism art forms. After the students target what they’re most comfortable drawing they will produce a painting, she said.

An art opening will take place at the museum on Dec. 5 from 3-6 p.m. in coordination with the Nation’s Christmas Extravaganza. The exhibition is open to the public.

The children’s artwork will be judged on Dec. 5 by a panel of Osage Nation employees and three winners will be announced at 5 p.m. at the museum.

Roanhorse said the winners will receive “some really great art supplies” and the first place winner will go home with something very special. “During the holidays people can go up and look at everyone’s paintings.”

The public is invited to vote for a People’s Choice winner in each age division while the exhibition is showing. The People’s Choice Award winners will be handed out at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the museum.

For more information about the workshop call the museum at (918) 287-5358. 

Osage Nation Museum

The oldest tribally owned museum in the United States has changed its name from the Osage Tribal Museum to the Osage Nation Museum, according to Winter.

According to the museum’s website, the museum was dedicated on May 2, 1938. To learn more about the museum visit its website at: http://www.osagetribe.com/who-we-are/osage-nation-museum

 

[This story was clarified on Nov. 20 to reflect openings in the workshop for 13-17 year olds.]


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Shannon Shaw Duty


Original Publish Date: 2015-11-17 00:00:00

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Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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