New Art Exhibit: Tony Tiger

New Art Exhibit: Tony Tiger

Memorial: Positive and Negative Space by indigenous artist, Tony Tiger

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 5, 4-6pm
  • Exhibit: August 5-November 5
  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory Visitor Lobby
  • Free to view during hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm, closed Mondays

The public is invited to the opening reception for the new exhibit, Memorial: Positive and Negative Space, by indigenous artist Tony A.Tiger. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served while guests get the first view of his latest exhibit. Tiger will be on hand to speak about his work, process and answer your questions. See his work at the Gardens before seeing it next month at the opening of the First Americans Museum.

Tony A. Tiger is an artist, an Indigenous art curator and educator. Tiger is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. He earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Oklahoma State University. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with numerous awards to his credit. His latest curation project Speak: Speak While You Can, a multi tribal art exhibition focusing on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oklahoma, opens at the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka September 1. Tiger is married to Brenda his faithful supporter. He enjoys the outdoors and community activities. Tiger is represented by the Exhibit C Gallery in Oklahoma City Bricktown and the Rain Maker Gallery in Bristol, UK.

Artist Statement

My art is fueled by the belief that mankind is more than mere reflection in a mirror; we are soul and spirit. My art explores the wonder and mystery of life’s challenges and victories. The incorporation of painting, printmaking, tribal art, and construction are my preferred forms for creating. The culture and history of my ancestors play an important part of my creativity. Woodland design, Seminole patchwork symbols, and Muscogee language and photography allow me to communicate my cultural ownership as a Native man in 21st century America. Life is short – I enjoy working in series, small and large bodies of art that communicate specific themes.

Memorial incorporates several series from the last couple of years, many pieces from 2020 – Indigenous Horse Culture, Oklahoma Tribal Identity, Woodland Expression, and Spiritual Transformation. The wisdom of reconciliation allows me to view life fully conscious; understanding and knowledge encourage me to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of existence. This belief encourages my curation and collaborative work.

I dedicate this exhibition to the many Indigenous individuals who died during this challenging time: my family member Harry D. Wood. I give thanks to the Almighty for life.

See “Love & Harmony Oklahoma” Exhibit through July 31

A unique art installation – Love & Harmony Oklahoma – on display in the Visitor Center of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory is dedicated to the citizens of Oklahoma, and celebrates the ethnic diversity and beauty of cultural differences. The exhibit, which opened May 1, is a message of hope and resilience through the expression of photography, mural paintings, messages and sound.

Central to Love & Harmony are two large-scale murals. “Instilled Dream” was created by four Tulsa artists, each from different cultural backgrounds and creative spaces, who came together during a 10-day period to make a statement of what unity and race looks like, while “Golden Reciprocal” was painted by Tulsa artist Alexander Tamahn.

Woven into the exhibit are photos, as well as inspirational narratives from Tulsa community members and leaders, lending their images and voices to share their perspectives of what “love and harmony” truly means. This art installation will provide Oklahomans with a thoughtful reminder of the common bond as one state, one people and one human race.

“Love & Harmony is a timely art exhibit for the Gardens to celebrate how differences between people can lead to dialogues and appreciation that knit communities together,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Myriad Gardens Foundation. “It’s an exhibit that inspires the viewer to deeply look at ‘the other’ and with your heart. When you do that, you see how you are more alike than different. And where there are differences, those differences can enrich and enliven our daily lives and our culture.”

The exhibit was curated by Tulsa’s Gathering Place and is on loan to the Gardens. It is free for viewing through July 31.

 Thanks to our sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union, Bank of Oklahoma, Crowe & Dunlevy, Geico-Southwest OKC,  and the Colcord.

Visitor Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.