Bobby C. Martin artist | educator | facilitator
PO Box 266
Siloam Springs AR 72761
CV & Exhibition Record
1995 Master of Fine Arts, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Printmaking major, drawing minor
Received a College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship
1992 Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Dual major: Fine Art and Native American Studies
Owner, 7 Springs Studio. Fine Art Press and Studio/Workshop Facility,
West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma.
Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director, John Brown University,
Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Associate Professor of Art and Art Program Coordinator, Northeastern State University,
Graphic Design Coordinator, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2011 Back in the Day.
East Gallery, Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2009-10 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.
2008 Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes: Art and Photos by Bobby C. Martin & the
Checotah Creek Indian Community, Checotah Indian Community Center,
2006 The Family Photo Album.
Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
2005 Recent Works.
The Third Place Gallery & Coffeehouse, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
1997 Snapshots from the Family Photo Album.
Muscogee Nation Elderly Nutrition Center, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Holliman Gallery, Walter Arts Center, Holland Hall School, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1995 Dwight I.T.S.: The Pursuit of Civilization.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of
1994 Drawing Closer: Looking Back. Recent Graphic Works of Bobby C. Martin.
Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Past Present and Future. JRB Art at the Elms Gallery, Oklahoma City,
2017 Native American Artists & Educators, Two25 Gallery, Bentonville, Arkansas
Native Hearts: Respond & Reflect, organized by the Southeastern Indian
Artists Association, PAC Gallery, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa
The Evolution of Color in Oklahoma Indian Art, Zarrow Center for Art &
Education Gallery, Tulsa
Contemporary Art in Native America: Deep Roots. Fayetteville Underground
Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art. National traveling
exhibition; August 2015 through May 2018
Stories, Visions & Memory: Erin Shaw, Tony Tiger and Bobby C. Martin.
Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2016 Jews Rock!
An invitational group show of regional artists exhibiting painted guitars
celebrating Jewish rock artists. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa.
John Brown University Faculty Exhibition (also in 2014). JBU Gallery, Siloam
2015 Ancient Ways: Modern Forms. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.
Trail of Tears Exhibition. Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay. National
traveling exhibition, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Flagler College, St. Augustine,
Florida; Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin; A.D. Gallery,
University of North Carolina Pembroke; All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis,
The Grayscale, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery, Tulsa.
Gilcrease Collectors’ Reserve, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa (also 2014)
2014 Shifting Focus: Historic Photography, Contemporary Art. Philbrook Downtown,
Here & Now: Contemporary Native Art of Oklahoma. 108|Contemporary
Concept: Me. Self-portrait exhibition curated by Tony Tiger. MAINSITE Gallery,
2013 Art From Indian Territory: Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma.
All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
24 Works on Paper. Traveling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists,
produced by Individual Artists of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts
Coalition. Toured across Oklahoma through 2015.
Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Hardesty Arts
Center (AHHA), Tulsa.
Chandeliers. Living Arts of Tulsa Gallery. A collaborative installation with Joel
2012 H2OK: Native Responses to Water Issues in Oklahoma. MAINSITE Gallery,
Norman, Oklahoma; Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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,
2009 American Art in Miniature. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa.
2005 Picturing Change: The Impact of Ledger Drawing on Native American Art.
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
2003 Something More Than “Art”: Handworks by American Indians.
Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan.
2002 Native American Invitational: Photography Exhibition. Gilcrease Museum.
2000 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.
1998 New Art of the West 6. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art,
1997 After the Trail of Tears: Southeast Indian Painters. Gilcrease Museum.
1996 Oklahoma Indian Art Annual Competition. Sponsored by American Indian
Heritage Center and Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa.
1995 Gilcrease Museum Native American Invitational & Masters Exhibition.
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.
1994 Dispelling the Myths: Controlling the Image. American Indian Community
House Gallery/Museum, New York City, New York.
Continuity and Change: The Effects of Removal and Relocation on the Culture
and Art of the Southeastern Tribes of Oklahoma. Philbrook Museum of Art.
1993 Counterpoint: Drawing, Photography and Printmaking Exhibition. Hill Country
Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX.
Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art. National traveling
exhibition; August 2015 through May 2018.
2012 Indian Ink: Printmaking from the J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American
Art. Sequoyah National Research Center Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art, published by the Southeastern Indian Artists Association to accompany the traveling exhibition. Fall 2015.
First American Art Magazine, feature article written by Roy Boney, Jr., appeared in the Fall 2015 issue.
American Indian Quarterly, cover art for four consecutive issues, published by University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
Gilcrease Journal, “Layered Materials, Layered Meanings”, published by Gilcrease Museum, March 2014.
Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma, Exhibition Catalog, Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, 2013.
The Dr. J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Volume I, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2012.
Something More Than Art: Handworks by American Indians, Exhibition Catalog, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan, 2006.
Treasures of Gilcrease, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, 2003.
Who Stole the Tee Pee? Exhibition Catalog, Atlatl, Inc., edited by Fred Nahwooksy and Richard Hill, Sr., 2000.
New Art of the West 6, Exhibition Catalog, edited by Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998.
Selected Public Collections
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Dr. J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Little Rock, Arkansas
Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
The Heritage Center Permanent Collection, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma
Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Checotah Creek Indian Community, Checotah, Oklahoma
Title panel for Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art exhibition, August 2015
Guest Essay for Gilcrease Journal, “Layered Materials, Layered Meanings”, published by Gilcrease Museum, March 2014
Guest Essay for Full Consciousness of Being, Tony Tiger solo exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 2014
Presentation over Return from Exile exhibition, Contemporary Native Art Symposium, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. November 2017.
Presenter, along with Tony Tiger, at the American Indian Workshop, London, UK. Entitled "Telling Our Own Story," the topic was our curation project, Return from Exile. July 2017
Panel discussion participant, held in conjunction with the Picturing the Americas exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Moderated by Crystal Bridges Curator Mindy Besaw, the panel discussed indigenous perspectives of land and landscapes. January 2016
Panel discussion participant, held in conjunction with the Enter the Matrix exhibition at Fred Jones Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma, Moderated by Fred Jones Museum Curator heather ahtone, the panel discussed the topic of Native printmakers. September 2015
Curator’s presentation and panel discussion participant. Symposium held in conjunction with the opening of Return from Exile at the Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia. August 2015
Artist presentation. Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Oklahoma City, October 2014.
Panel discussion participant. Northeastern State University’s 42nd Annual Symposium on the American Indian in Tahlequah OK. The panel participants discussed the topic “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness”, April 2014.
President, Southeastern Indian Artists Association (SEIAA), Tahlequah
Board Member, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Founding Board Member, Arts Council of Tahlequah
Advisory Council Member, Cherokee Arts Center, Tahlequah
Member, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
Member, Southern Graphics Council (SGA)
Original Member, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
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