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
          in 1994.

1992  Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

          Dual major: Fine Art and Native American Studies


Professional Experience


         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,

         Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


         Graphic Design Coordinator, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Exhibition Record


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,

                Checotah, Oklahoma.

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

                Arkansas, Fayetteville.

1994        Drawing Closer: Looking Back. Recent Graphic Works of Bobby C. Martin.

                Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma.



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

                Springs, Arkansas.

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

                Gallery, Tulsa.

                Concept: Me. Self-portrait exhibition curated by Tony Tiger. MAINSITE Gallery,

                Norman, Oklahoma.

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,

                Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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,

                Indianapolis, IN.

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.

                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.

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.


Curated Exhibitions


                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.


Selected Publications

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


Selected Writings

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


Public Speaking

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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