Southeastern Indian Art in Mullins
Exhibits of Southeastern Indian paintings are on display in the Mullins Library lobby until Dec.23.
The paintings being displayed are from members of the Southeastern Indian Artists Association and award winning artists, said Molly Boyd, assistant to the dean.
The artists include Jeff Edwards, a Cherokee artist and language activist, Sharon Irla, a self-taught Cherokee artist, Roy Boney, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah and an artist, filmmaker and digital media specialist, Troy Jackson, a native Oklahoman Cherokee artist, Bobby Martin, a Muskogee Creek artist and designer, Tonny Tiger, a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma and Joseph Erb, a Cherokee filmmaker, artist and digital media specialist.
“November is American Indian Heritage Month, and when possible, the libraries like to link our exhibits to national diversity topics. The library has an art advisory committee, who plan the exhibits for the year at Mullins Library. This group makes every effort to schedule artists that correspond with a theme such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Arkansas Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Month,” Boyd said.
“It is such a pleasure and honor to host this exhibit. More than creating incredible works of art, these artists are preserving language, culture and tradition. Jeff Edwards, Roy Boney Jr., and Joseph Erb are literally preserving the Cherokee language through their work at the Cherokee Nation,” said Jennifer Rae Hartman, public relations coordinator.
“I love seeing the variety of paintings displayed at Mullins Library, it makes the library ‘homier’ and more beautiful,” said Camila Salinas, a UA business major.
The paintings are on display throughout December.