From the Osage Nation Office of the Principal Chief
November 6, 2017
Pawhuska, Oklahoma – Two members of the Osage Nation completed the tenth annual Leadership Arts program through the Oklahoma Arts Council. Jarica Walsh and Addie Roanhorse participated in the program, which concluded with a ceremony at the Oklahoma Arts Conference in Enid, October 24-26.
The Leadership Arts program equips approximately 30 participants from throughout the state each year to become leaders and advocates for the arts in their communities. Participants are selected based on an application process and include members from around the state in roles such as educators, artists, and art advocates.
“We should be proud of their accomplishments, not only as artists but as representatives of the Osage Nation,” said Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear.
Participants traveled to Sulphur, Lawton, Pawhuska, and Tulsa for the four two-day sessions to learn about the impact the arts have in each community, including the economic development, education, and quality of life.
Walsh and Roanhorse are two of several Osage Nation member graduates of the program.
About Addie Roanhorse
Addie Roanhorse is an Osage artist and graphic designer working predominantly in mixed media and serigraph printing. She works for the Osage Nation as their in-house Graphic Designer/Photographer and is the Co-Owner of the Little Rain Song Loft in downtown Pawhuska. Roanhorse’s contemporary realism approach to art depicts the details of her culture, incorporating the balance of clean lines and texture. She recently showed at Santa Fe Indian Art Market with her 10-year-old daughter Anya. Roanhorse completed her BFA with an emphasis in Visual Arts at Rogers State University in 2015. Her exposure to art began early in her childhood, influenced by her parents who are both professional artists. Roanhorse was immersed in an artist’s lifestyle, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and on the Southern Coast of California with her parents. She spent summers with her grandparents on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma where she currently resides with her daughter Anya.
About Jarica Walsh
Jarica Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, where she received her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She is a visual artist working primarily in ceramics. Walsh is the 2017 Artist in Residence at Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts. She also maintains a ceramics studio in the Paseo Arts District. Walsh is an active curator, including Symbiotic 2017 and 2018, and Scorched Earth: Subversive Ceramics at The Paseo Plunge. She was recently promoted to Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and is passionate about serving the needs of visual artists statewide. Walsh is a Fellow of Artist INC OKC 2015, and a graduate of Oklahoma Arts Council's Leadership Arts Class X.
For more information about the Osage Nation, visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov.
About the Oklahoma Arts Council Leadership Arts program, visit http://www.arts.ok.gov/Our_Programs/Leadership_Arts.html