The OOHRP hosts a monthly podcast, Amplified Oklahoma, which shares stories from Oklahoma from our oral history collections. These are the episodes from this series that focus on Oklahoma Native Art. Find out more at
From the Belly of Our Being: art by and about Native creation runs from September 27, 2016 to January 28, 2017 at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. The exhibition features beautiful pieces of Native American art made by talented artists from Oklahoma and across the country. In this episode, we’ll listen to oral history interview excerpts with two of the exhibition’s artists, Anita Fields and Shan Goshorn. Listeners will also go behind the scenes of the exhibition with curator Heather Ahtone and learn about the inspiration for From the Belly of Our Being.
This month on Amplified Oklahoma, we’re examining the influence of Cheyenne artist Dick West on the lives of two women who began their careers at a time when there was rarely a recognized professional Native woman artist. From the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program’s archives, we’ll hear interview excerpts from Sharron Ahtone Harjo and Joan Hill, two artists who share Bacone College as their alma mater and who studied under West. Later, we’ll sit down with Dick West Jr. to learn more about his father’s legacy in the revival of the Bacone College art department through the advancement of Indian artists.
The Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University regularly displays exhibits in the Lisa and Mark Snell Gallery on the second floor. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the gallery housed Native American Art pieces from the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Collection. If you were able to go and take a look for yourself, you may have noticed a particularly luminous watercolor by artist Norma Howard. Norma Howard is a Choctaw-Chickasaw artist from Stigler, Oklahoma who is known for her vivid watercolor paintings that depict scenes of Choctaw life. This month on Amplified Oklahoma, we’ll be exploring Norma Howard’s art and life and listening to excerpts from her interview for the Oklahoma Native Artist Oral History Project. We’ll also speak with Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, coordinator of the project, about Norma and the importance of documenting Native art across the state of Oklahoma.