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GALLERIES

  • King Galleries, 130 Lincoln Ave suite d, Santa Fe, NM 87501

  • King Galleries, 7077 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

  • Pottery of the Southwest, 223 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

  • Ellsworth Gallery Santa Fe, NM

  • The Corridor at Paseo Oklahoma City, OK

  • Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Alto, TX

  • Philbrook Museum Shop Tulsa, OK

  • The Dancing Rabbit Gallery Texas.

  • Tribes 131 Gallery. Norman, OK

  • Jacobson House Gallery, Norman

  • Red Earth Gallery, Oklahoma City

  • Cahokia Mounds Gift Shop. Cahokia Mounds, E St. Louis, Illinois.

  • The Red Road Gallery, Ada

  • 50 Penn Place Gallery, Oklahoma City

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ARTIST STATEMENT

From 800 AD to the 1700's Caddo tribal pottery was an incredible and well-known tradition in the North American SouthEast traded far and wide even to France and Spain. Knowledge of this great cultural history disappeared as the Caddo tribe consolidated and was decimated from conquistador’s diseases and colonialism. Our last Caddo potter, a matriarch of my tribal namesake, stopped making pottery around 1908 and our tradition was almost lost. Through my work I hope to bring that unsung ceramic legacy back to the light.
Most people don’t get to see our ancient pottery because most all of our ancestral pottery was used at the end of its life as a burial offering. In that way, most of these culturally sensitive pieces cannot be put on display for the public to see. The most important thing to me is to faithfully and respectfully capture the skillfulness and intricate details of our tradition in order to bring to the public’s admiration our specific tribe’s identity.
Because of that I found it important to use the same methods and materials my ancestors would have used with little compromise.  Using these traditional methods by digging my own clay, hand gathering the mussel shell I put into the clay, hand building, burnishing with a rock, pit firing the unfired pottery in an open ground fire, and engraving the designs after the pot is fired is important to capture the soul and the essence of our ancestral style and identity.
However, I also feel very deeply that our tribe’s representation and communication through the design and creation of pottery would have evolved over time with the introduction of new situations and environments. For that reason, I also strive to present a new ceramic and sculptural interpretation from my own experiences and as my own artist but as an ambassador to my Caddo tribe and its ancient cultural identity.

MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

  • Minneapolis Art Institute/Loan, MN

  • Chipstone Foundation/Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

  • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

  • Carlos Museum, Emory, Atlanta, GA

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX

  • Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Andover, MA

  • Choctaw Cultural Center, Durant, OK

  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center Spiro, OK

  • The Great Plains Art Museum Lincoln, NE

  • Dolores Mission State Historical Site Augustine, TX

  • Red Earth Museum Collection Oklahoma City, OK

  • The Mulvane Art Museum Topkea, KS

  • Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Alto, OK

  • The Museum of the Red River Idabel, OK

  • The Audi Murphy - Cotton Museum, Greenville, TX

AWARDS

  • 3rd Place - Pottery - Cherokee Art Market (Virtual) , Tulsa,  OK 2021

  • 1st Place - Pottery - SEASAM 2021

  • HARRISON EITELJORG PURCHASE AWARD, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Virtual, 2021

  • Best of Pottery Division, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Virtual, 2021

  • Best of Pottery Division, Artesian Art Market, Virtual, 2021

  • 2nd Place, Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Virtual, 2020

  • Jurors Award, SEASAM, Virtual, 2020

  • BEST OF SHOW Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, 2019

  • BEST OF CLASS Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, 2019

  • Best of Division Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, 2019

  • 1st Place Cultural: Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2019

  • 1st Place Traditionial Woodlands Pottery, SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM, 2019

  • Honorable Mention, Contemporary Pottery, SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM, 2019

  • 1st Place Traditionial Pottery, Red Earth, OKC, OK, 2019

  • 2nd Place, Cultural:Pottery, Artesian Art Market, Sulphur, OK, 2019

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, 2018

  • 1st Place Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2018

  • 3rd Place, Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2018

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN 2018

  • 1st Place Traditional Pottery, Red Earth, OKC, OK, 2018

  • 1st Place Contemporary Pottery, Red Earth, OKC, OK, 2018

  • 1st Place Sculpture, Artesian Art Market, Sulphur, OK, 2018

  • 3rd Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears, Tahlequah, OK, 2018

  • Anna Mitchell Award Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, 2017

  • 2nd Place, Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2017

  • Heritage Award Pottery, Cushing Native Festival, Cushing, OK, 2017

  • 1st Place Pottery, Cushing Native Festival, Cushing, OK, 2017

  • 2nd Place, Pottery, Cushing Native Festival, Cushing, OK, 2017

  • 3rd Place, Pottery, Cushing Native Festival, Cushing, OK, 2017

  • 1st Place Traditional Woodlands Pottery, SWAIA Santa Fe, NM, Indian Market, 2017

  • Honorable Mention, Clay Sculpture, SWAIA Santa Fe, NM, Indian Market, 2017

  • Best of Division All Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN 2017

  • 1st Place, Traditional Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN 2017

  • 1st Place, Contemporary Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN 2017

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN 2017

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK, 2017

  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship of Excellence 2017, OVAC, OKC, OK, 2017

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK, 2017

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, OK, 2017

  • BEST OF CLASS Over all Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Catoosa, OK, 2016

  • 2nd Place, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Catoosa, OK, 2016

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2016

  • BEST OF SHOW Traditional Pottery, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Bartlesville, OK, 2016

  • 2nd Place, 3D, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Bartlesville, OK, 2016

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, 2016

  • Kathleen Everette Upshaw Award (grand award, 3rd over entire show), Traditional Pottery, Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016

  • 3rd Place, Pottery, Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK, 2016

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, OK, 2016

  • 3rd Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, OK, 2016

  • Purchase Award, Permanent Collection, Mulvane Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Washburn University, Topeka Kansas, 2016.

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, 2015

  • 3rd Place, Cultural: Basketry, SEASAM, 2015

  • 2nd Place, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee National Holiday Show, 2015

  • Honorable Mention, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee National Holiday Show, 2015

  • People's Choice, Best Artist of Ada Fest, 2015

  • Honorable Mention, Contemporary Pottery, SWAIA Indian Market 2015

  • Best of 3D, Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Art Show, 2015

  • 1st Place, Traditional Pottery, Red Earth Annual Art Market, 2015

  • Best of Category, 1st Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, 2015

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Nation Employee Art Show, 2014

  • 2nd Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Nation Employee Art Show, 2014

  • Best of Division, Traditional Pottery. Cherokee Art Market 2014

  • Best of Division, Cultural, Pottery. SEASAM 2014

  • BEST OF SHOW, Red Earth Annual Art Market, 2014

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show, 2013

  • Best of Class (Best over all pottery divisions), Pottery. Cherokee Art Market, 2013

  • 3rdPlace, Contemporary Pottery. Cherokee Art Market, 2013.

  • 1st Place, Pottery. SEASAM, 2013

  • 1st Place, Traditional Woodlands Pottery. Santa Fe, Indian Market, 2013

  • 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery. Red Earth Annual Art Market 2013.

  • 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show 2012.

  • 2nd Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show 2012.

  • 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2012

  • 1st Place, Traditional Woodlands Pottery. Santa Fe, Indian Market, 2012

  • Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award (3rd over entire show),
    Traditional Pottery. Red Earth 26nd Annual Art Market 2012

  • 3rd Place, Contemporary Pottery. Red Earth 26nd Annual Art Market 2012

  • 1st Place, Miniature Pottery. SEASAM 2011

  • 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2011

  • 3rd Place, Contemporary Pottery. Red Earth Silver Anniversary Art Market 2011.

  • 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2010

  • 3rd Place, Open-3D. SEASAM 2010

EXHIBITIONS

  • Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro , Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 2022

  • Contemporary Indigeneity 2022, Great Plains Museum (Center for Great Plains Studies), Lincoln, NE 2022

  • A Vital Presence, Great Plains Museum (Center for Great Plains Studies), Lincoln, NE 2021 - 2022

  • 49 Minutes of Fame: Native Pop, Willa Cather Center, Red Cloud, NE 2021

  • Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, 2021

  • SPEAK: Speak While You Can, Wewoka Art Museum, Wewoka, OK 2021

  • ArtNow2021, Oklahoma Contemporary, OKC, OK 2021

  • Caddo Contemporary, Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK 2021

  • Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World, Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum, OKC, OK 2021

  • SPEAK: Speak While You Can, Living Arts Center, Tulsa, OK 2020

  • Colors of Clay, Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum, OKC, OK 2020

  • Caddo Contemporary, Present and Relevant, Cole Arts Center, Nacogdoches, TX, 2019

  • Stories of the Land, Lindsborg, KS, 2019

  • Origins, Boulder, CO, 2018

  • Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Heritage Center, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD, 2018

  • Caddo Festival. Sam Noble Museum, Norman, OK. 2018

  • Native Hearts: Respond and Reflect. Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK, 2017

  • SWAIA Indian Market EDGE Contemporary Art Show. SWAIA Santa Fe, NM, 2017

  • Creative Nation II. Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2017

  • Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Heritage Center, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD, 2017

  • Contemporary Caddo Art Exhibition Chokma'si Gallery, Ada, OK. 2017.

  • Contemporary Indigeniety Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE. 2016.

  • Smithsonian NMAI Indian Art Market, Washington, D.C. 2015

  • Texian Heritage Festival. Featured Artist and Demonstrator, Montgomery, TX. 2015.

  • Spiro Mounds. 37th Birthday and 10th Annual Archaeology Day, Spiro, OK. 2015.

  • Caddo Culture Day. Caddo Mounds Historic Site, Alto, TX. 2015.

  • Caddo Festival. Oklahoma History Center, OKC, OK. 2015.

  • Ancient Ways: Modern Forms. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK 2015

  • The Artesian Art Gallery, Sulphur, OK , 2014

  • Chickasaw Visitor's Center, Sulphur, OK , 2014

  • Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Gallery, Ada, OK, 2013

  • Ada Arts Association Spring Show, Ada, OK 2011.

BIOGRAPHY

I create my tribe's traditional pottery to help educate about and carry on the culture of my people. The once grand and widespread tradition of my people's Caddo pottery has now been reduced to a shadow of its former self and almost even disappeared completely. With the help of the only living Caddo pottery revivalist, I got started down the path of my artistic expression of our tribe's traditional pottery to help current and future generations of our people understand the beauty and craftsmanship and uniqueness of our ancient pottery methods and culture.

Born in Oklahoma, I have always been an artist as long as I can remember, from the day the art teacher in kindergarten pulled me aside to draw something for the school. From then on I was always drawing and painting, but until I found pottery I really didn't have a voice or a reason. Even as I decided to pursue pottery as a more hands on approach and a closer to earth approach to art, I was still lacking meaning. I had considered creating Pueblo pottery from the southwest as that is what had inspired me until I realized that because I am not a Pueblo native, I would be simply replicating Pueblo pottery and not truly creating it. That is until I connected with my tribe and my heritage and learned of the true grandeur of our tradition and how it has been lost and hidden from the public. I then set forth almost obsessively learning the methods and designs of our tribe, creating works of art that are modernized, to educate my tribe's people and the public about our tradition.

All of my tribe's ancient traditional pottery was hand coiled from clay that was handmade from the local river source, which most notably included the Red River and the Arkansas River. These pottery pieces are then hand burnished with a rock to look like glass without any glaze. The final touch before firing is the hand carving of the scrolling ancient designs which include motifs centered around the origin stories of my Caddo people. Objects in the motifs include feathers, serpents, the sun and moon, and the everlasting fire. What motivates me and challenges me to push the limits of describing our culture in my pottery art is the desire to truly educate people about what sets our tribe's tradition apart from all the other Southeastern tribes and to reveal to people the extent of which the Caddo's tradition was cherished by everyone across the nation in prehistoric and historic times.

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PUBLISHED

  • Ancestral Caddo Ceramic Traditions, by Duncan P. McKinnon (Editor), Jeffrey S. Girard (Editor), Timothy K. Perttula (Editor), Chase Earles (Contributor), – February 10, 2021

  • BBC, Spiro Mounds: North America's lost civilisation By Larry Bleiberg, 21st June 2021

  • Recovering Ancient Spiro Native American Art, Ritual, and Cosmic Renewal,  Edited by Eric D. Singleton and F. Kent Reilly III, 2021

  • New Methods and Theories for Analyzing Mississippian Imagery,  (COVER IMAGE ONLY), Bretton T. Giles (Editor), Shawn P. Lambert (Editor) , 2021

  • Echoes of Culture: The Art and Artifacts Speak, Museum of the Red River, 2017.

  • First American Art The Artistic Legacy of Spiro Mounds,Summer No.15, 2017.

  • Journal of Northeast Texas Archaeology,Vol. 54. 2015

  • Peering Through the Sands of Time,iBook, AmaTerra Environtmental. 2015

  • Archaeological Investigations at the Kitchen Branch, B.J. Horton, and Keering Sites.,Timothy K. Perttula et. al., AmaTerra Environmental Inc. 21014.

  • Caddo Archeology Journal,Vol 22., Stephen F Austin University Press, 2012
     

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • OKPAN, Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

  • ONABA Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association, 2016

  • Caddo Conference Organization Nomination Committee 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Caddo Heritage Museum Board of Trustees 2012, 2013, 2014

  • SEIAA Southeastern Indian Artists Association, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

  • SWAIA Southwest Association for Indian Arts, 2012, 2013, 2014
     

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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  • Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Pottery Revival Class, Markesville, LA, 2022

  • UCA Artist Residency, Caddo Pottery & Firing, Conway, AR, 2022

  • Traditional Caddo Pottery & History Lecture, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, 2021

  • Traditional Caddo Pottery Class, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  , OKC,  2021

  • Traditional Caddo Cooking, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  , OKC,  2021

  • Contemporary Native Art, Chickasaw Nation, Ada,  OK 2021

  • Caddo History and Pottery Lecture, Shiloh Museum, AR, 2021

  • Caddo Pottery and History, Texas A&M, TX, 2020

  • Ancestral Caddo Pottery Class, Ada, OK, July 2018.

  • Caddo Culture Days, Traditional cooking demonstration and full hands on traditional pottery class and pitfire, Caddo Mounds SHS, Alto, TX, 2018.

  • Cherokee Art Market, Demonstration, Tulsa, OK, 2016.

  • Caddo Mounds Teachers Workshop, Full traditional Caddo pottery class, Alto, TX, 2016.

  • Natchitoches Folk Festival, NSULA, Narrative and Discussion Panel, Natchitoches, LA, 2016.

  • Texian Heritage Festival, Demonstration, Montgomery, TX, 2015.

  • Cherokee Art Market, Demonstration, Tulsa, OK, 2015.

  • Traditional Caddo Pottery Series: Clay Making, Gathering, Pottery Making, and Pit-Firing, Chase Earles House, OK, 2014.

  • Traditional Caddo Pottery Series: Clay Making & Gathering, Caddo Nation Headquarters, Binger, OK 2013

  • Ancient Native Clay, East Central University, Ada, OK 2013

  • Caddo Pottery Conversation, Jacobson House, Norman, OK 2012

  • First Annual Caddo Pitfire, Caddo Headquarters, Binger, OK 2012

  • Caddo Potterymaking, Museum of the Red River, Idabel,OK 2011

  • Indian Arts and Crafts Act, CCO, Fort Smith, AR 2011
     

CONSULTING

  • Caddo Mounds SHS, TXDOT, Caddo Basket Revival Project, 2021,2022,2023

  • Gilcrease Museum, Southeastern Native Art, Caddo Culture exhibit, 2020,2021,2022

  • Caddo Mounds SHS, Virtual Experience site, Alto, TX, 2020, 2021, 2022

  • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK. Native Artist collections cataloguing, 2017.

  • Texas Department of Transportation TXDOT, AmaTerra Environmental, Inc. Experimental archaeology project supporting Kitchen Brand site. 2014.