Indigenous Sovereign Spaces
Seventh Biennial Native American Art Exhibition
September 14 - October 19, 2023
In-person event with Virtual Guest Speaker: Ryan RedCorn: Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the James A. Thomas Hall Upchurch Auditorium
Reception: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the A.D. Gallery
About the Artist:
Ryan RedCorn (Osage) was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma into a family of preachers, politicians, and salesmen, which are all the same occupation. He is the ilonpa of Raymond and Elizabeth RedCorn, and the object of jealousy from his three younger brothers Jon, Alex, and Studebaker, who between them have four master’s degrees and two PhD’s. Ryan, however, took six and half years to get an art degree in visual communications from the University of Kansas. To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his ilonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. Sometimes people laugh at him. But he's ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he has three daughters. He remarked, "I live a crazy life" and promptly enrolled in an MFA in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is presently alive, vaccinated and serving his second stint as a writer on the third season of FX's tv show, Reservation Dogs.