A large crowd gathered for the reception and closing ceremony at the Cherry Theater and Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Community College on Thursday, August 25, to hear a lecture delivered by Troy Wayne Poteete, supreme justice of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation and distinguished tribal leader -- and to get a last chance to see the beautifully displayed Native American art exhibit.
Titled “Return from Exile,” the show was a traveling exhibit along the historically chronicled Trail of Tears, which featured contemporary southeastern Indian art expressions by artists from five Native American tribes. Several of the artists spoke at the evening's event.
"The exhibit represents the Native American return to the homeland in Georgia from exile and features paintings, drawings, prints, basketry, sculptures and pottery from more than 30 of the best tribal artists from five tribes," said Pryor Art Gallery curator Michele Wilkinson.
The title of the exhibition refers to the fact that the ancestors of the artists were exiled from their homelands in Georgia where the exhibit made its first appearance on its Trail of Tears journey. Columbia State was the second stop on this traveling artistic exhibit, which will culminate at its final destination in Oklahoma. It's next stop is John Brown University Galleries, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Marianna Messina wrote an excellent article on the event, which ran nationally on Huffington Post, called "Taking the Long View." To read the article, click HERE.
The next exhibit at Pryor Art Gallery will be the 35th annual juried exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, which will open Sept. 7 – Sept. 29 with 30 selected award-winning paintings touring the state. For more information on this upcoming exhibit, click HERE.