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ON Museum to feature exhibit honoring the late Osage artist Gina Gray

The Osage Nation Museum is asking the community to share their artworks by the late Osage artist Gina Gray for an upcoming exhibit, “Harmony and Tradition: Works by Gina Gray.”

“The ONM holds a collection of Gray’s work and is inviting other collectors of her work to share in this exhibition. While we have a strong collection here, we know there is much more out there. We are asking for individuals that may have a piece of Gina’s work to loan them to the ONM for inclusion in this exhibition,” said Hallie Winter, ONM Curator. “We welcome the chance to work with individual collectors in honoring the memory and work of such a brilliant individual. Community was important to Gina and it is appropriate that the celebratory exhibition in her home town be a community endeavor.”

The deadline for community submissions is July 21. The exhibit officially opens Sept. 28 and will run through March 31, 2018.

Gray was a renowned artist throughout Indian Country. The Indian art community mourned her passing with obituaries appearing in Native publications such as Indian Country Today Media Network and Native American Times. She was known for her contemporary style of painting and monotype prints.

Educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and the California Institute of Arts, where she studied commercial art, she also served as a Commissioner for the Secretary of the Interior for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board for a four-year term. Her artworks are featured in galleries all over the world.    

She won the prestigious Southwest American Indian Art Association’s 70th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market Fellowship Award. She was also a Native American Right’s activist and in 1973 spent a month at the occupation of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Her children, Addie Roanhorse of Pawhuska and Dante Biss-Grayson of Santa Fe, are both up and coming artists in Indian Country.

“The retrospective fills me with so much pride. My mother’s talent should be shared with the public; for me it will be memory lane,” Roanhorse said. “Her style and range throughout her career is remarkable and I am honored to see it all come together at the Osage Nation Museum.”

To learn how to become a part of the Gina Gray exhibition, please call or email Hallie Winter at (918) 287-5441 or


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2017-06-14 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
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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