Osage Nation Museum sets exhibition

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The Osage Nation Museum will be holding a free opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28 for the unveiling of its next exhibition.

The latest exhibition, “Traditional Values/Contemporary Vision; Works by Gina Gray” will run through March 31 at the museum, 816 Grandview Avenue, in Pawhuska.

Osage artist Gina Gray, who lived from July 21, 1954 to Dec. 20, 2014, was known for her distinctive style of blending traditional context with contemporary style, Osage Nation Museum Curator Hallie Winter said.

Gray’s paintings, textiles and mixed media pieces portray a fresh and modern vision of the Native warrior using bold lines and vibrant colors. Gray, one of the most renowned Osage artists, won numerous awards for her work.

Her images have been featured in museums, publications, and galleries throughout the United States. Starting her arts education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gray continued her education at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she perfected her skills as a commercial artist.

“The ONM is humbled to honor Ms. Gray by presenting an assortment of her work,” Winter said. “Our goal is to celebrate her life, commemorate her achievements, share her talent, and honor her memory with this exhibition.”

The upcoming exhibition is a cumulative endeavor, incorporating the permanent collection of the ONM and generous private collectors of Gray’s work. The upcoming exhibit embodies the kinship Gray had with her Osage and artistic communities.

“We are delighted with the outpouring of support for this exhibition and are grateful to the private collectors who loaned their work to the ONM for inclusion in the upcoming exhibition,” Winter said. “Community was important to Gina and it is appropriate that the celebratory exhibition in her hometown be a community endeavor.”

An exhibition catalogue will accompany the show and will be available for the suggested donation of $20. All proceeds from the catalogue will go to the Osage Nation Museum to help in fulfilling their mission of educating the public on Osage art, history, and culture.