Bobby C. Martin

P.O. Box 1396, Tahlequah, OK 74465



Master of Fine Arts, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Printmaking major, drawing minor

Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Dual major: Fine Art and Native American Studies

Professional Experience

Owner, 7 Springs Studio
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Department of Visual Arts, Division of Communication & Fine Arts
John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Associate Professor of Art and Art Program Coordinator
Department of Communication & Art, College of Liberal Arts
Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Artist-in-Residence/Graphic Design Coordinator, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Exhibition Record 


Back in the Day
East Gallery, Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Perceptions of Being: Selected Works by Tony Tiger & Bobby C. Martin
McCombs Gallery, Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma;
John Brown University Art Gallery, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Northeastern State University Gallery, Tahlequah

Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes: Art and Photos by Bobby C. Martin & the Checotah Indian Community
Checotah Indian Community Center, Checotah, Oklahoma.

The Family Photo Album
Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Recent Works
The Third Place Gallery & Coffeehouse, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Snapshots from the Family Photo Album
Muscogee Nation Elderly Nutrition Center, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Holliman Gallery, Walter Arts Center, Holland Hall School, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dwight I.T.S.: The Pursuit of Civilization
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Drawing Closer: Looking Back.
Recent Graphic Works of Bobby C. Martin

Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma.


Art From Indian Territory: Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma.
All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

24 Works on Paper.
A travelling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists, produced by Individual Artists of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. On tour across Oklahoma through 2014.

John Brown University Faculty Exhibition.
JBU Gallery, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma.
Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa

H2OK: Native Responses to Water Issues in Oklahoma.
MAINSITE Gallery, Norman Oklahoma;
Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma

Trail of Tears Exhibition.
Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (also in 2004-2011)

Influence of the Cross: The Incorporation of Christian Iconography and Symbolism in American Indian Art
Dr. J. W. Wiggins Native American Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas

Anticipation of the Future: Contemporary American Indian Art
Arkansas Studies Institute Main Gallery, Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock

Southeastern Indian Artists Association Group Exhibition
Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas;
Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Cherokee National Holiday Art Show. Tahlequah Municipal Armory Center.

American Art in Miniature. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
(also in 2004-2008)

Northeastern State University Faculty Exhibition. NSU Gallery, Tahlequah. (also in 2000-2007)

Picturing Change: The Impact of Ledger Drawing on Native American Art. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Something More Than “Art”: Handworks by American Indians.
Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan.

Native American Invitational: Photography Exhibition. Gilcrease Museum.

Who Stole the Teepee? National traveling exhibition, sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and ATLATL. Opened at the NMAI, New York City, NY, and concluded at the Museum of the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM in summer 2002.

Contemporary Portraiture. Gilcrease Museum.

New Art of the West 6. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Children of the Sun: Euchee Culture & Tradition. Gilcrease Museum.

After the Trail of Tears: Southeast Indian Painters. Gilcrease Museum.

Oklahoma Indian Art Annual Competition. Sponsored by American Indian Heritage Center and Philbrook Museum of Art.

Gilcrease Museum Native American Invitational & Masters Exhibition.
Gilcrease Museum.

National Works on Paper Exhibition. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

2nd Annual Student International Biennial. Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Dispelling the Myths: Controlling the Image. American Indian Community    House Gallery/Museum, New York City, New York.

CAJE ‘94: America’s Cultural Diversity. The Center of Contemporary Arts,   Saint Louis, Missouri.

Continuity and Change: The Effects of Removal and Relocation on the Culture and Art of the Southeastern Tribes of Oklahoma. Philbrook Museum of Art.

Lawrence Annual Indian Arts Show: A Juried Competition. University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology, Lawrence, Kansas.

Counterpoint: Drawing, Photography and Printmaking Exhibition. Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX.

Oklahoma Art Workshops Annual National Juried Competition. Tulsa, OK.


Indian Ink: Printmaking from the J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art
Sequoyah National Research Center Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Checotah Creek Indian Community, Checotah, Oklahoma

Creek Nation of Oklahoma

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

The Heritage Center Permanent Collection, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

The Dr. J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art


"Layered Materials, Layered Meanings," article written for the Gilcrease Journal, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Treasures of Gilcrease, Gilcrease Museum.

Who Stole the Tee Pee? Exhibition Catalog, Atlatl, Inc., edited by Fred Nahwooksy and Richard Hill, Sr.

New Art of the West 6, Exhibition Catalog, edited by Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Dr. J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Volume I, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Something More Than Art: Handworks by American Indians, Exhibition Catalog, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan.


President, Southeastern Indian Artists Association (SEIAA), Tahlequah

Member, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

Member, Southern Graphics Council (SGA)

Original Member, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas


Best of Division, Printmaking, Santa Fe Indian Art Market, 2013

Honorable Mention, Mixed Media Painting Category, Santa Fe Indian Art Market, 2013

Best of Division, Drawing, Graphics, Photography, Mixed Media, Cherokee Art Market, 2013