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John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Outspoken: Paintings by America Meredith

Exhibition: January 15 - May 3, 2019
Reception: Thursday,  February 21 from 5-7PM

America Meredith, Remaking Blue Dawn

America Meredith, Adoduhisodiyi Sakonige Ugitsisgv (Remaking Blue Dawn), 2011, acrylic on cradled clayboard, 40 x 30 inches.

The Exhibition

As a painter, independent curator, and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine, Meredith uses visual art and writing to address important issues in the Native community. Her work celebrates Cherokee language and culture, examines changing customs, and challenges Native American stereotypes.

This exhibition draws particular attention to the importance of language in Meredith’s work, bringing together paintings that incorporate Cherokee syllabary, reference Cherokee oral histories, and pair found-object text with visual imagery. Painters, portrait artists, Cherokee language students, members of the Eastern Band, and those inspired by the natural world will especially appreciate the works on view.

The Reception

Enjoy a gallery talk by America Meredith at 5:45 PM. The reception for Outspoken is on February 21, 2019 from 5-7PM.

America Meredith, Adisgalodi (To Hide), 2003, acrylic on board, 24 x 31 inches, Collection of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Image courtesy of the artist.

America Meredith, Adisgalodi (To Hide), 2003, acrylic on board, 24 x 31 inches, Collection of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Image courtesy of the artist.

More about the Artist

America Meredith is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2013, she published the first issue of the First American Art Magazine, a quarterly journal devoted to promoting dialogue about Native art. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; and the National Collection of Contemporary Indian Arts, Santa Fe.

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