Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man
Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man is an art historian and chief curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She previously served as curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. She has curated 46 exhibitions, including four contemporary Native American art shows, as well as national and international art traveling exhibitions, and holds more than 15 years of curatorial experience in museums and galleries. She was reared in Eastern Westphalia, Germany, and received her Ph.D. in art history from the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. Dr. Well-Off-Man earned her M.A. degree in art history, archaeology and pedagogy. She lectures frequently on various topics of American fine art and artists, and is author of numerous exhibition catalog and magazine articles, blogs and scholarly texts.
Karen Whitecotton (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), owner of Heritage Museum Services, LLC is a museum and fine art consultant with nearly two decades of museum experience, based in Norman, Oklahoma. She is a formally trained museum registrar whose extensive expertise entails high value collections management, acquisitions, loans, and exhibitions on an international scale. She served as the director of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. Whitecotton has worked with fine art, antiquities and Native American collections in American Alliance of Museums accredited institutions, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. She has also worked on large scale exhibitions all over the world in countries including Israel and the Vatican.
Chickasaw Artist Board
In 2013, five Chickasaw artists came together to dream about expanding the reach and impact of Chickasaw art. That dream birthed a groundbreaking initiative to develop an all-Chickasaw contemporary art touring exhibition. The artists formed the Chickasaw Artist Board and gained the collaborative support of the Chickasaw Nation, The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and committed arts industry partners of diverse expertise.
As the spearhead of this exhibition, the Board serves as creative developer and its members, as Chickasaw cultural specialists to lead all aspects of the project. The Board includes potter and sculptor Joanna Underwood Blackburn, fiber expert and weaver Margaret Roach Wheeler, painter Brent Greenwood, bladesmith Dan Worcester and jeweler and metalsmith Kristen Dorsey.
Pictured from left: Laura Marshall Clark, exhibition program manager, Chickasaw artists Margaret Roach Wheeler, Dan Worcester, Brent Greenwood, Joanna Underwood Blackburn and Kristen Dorsey.
THE CHICKASAW NATION
The seat of the Chickasaw Nation tribal government is located in Ada, Oklahoma, and is under the leadership of Bill Anoatubby, who has served as the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. With nearly 63,000 citizens, the Chickasaw Nation is the 12th largest federally-recognized Indian tribe in the United States. A democratic republic with executive, legislative and judicial departments, the tribe's jurisdictional boundaries includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma. The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue to fund more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.
THE AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSeuM
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum located in the Heart of Indian Country in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be an epic indoor/outdoor adventure for the entire family. One of a kind exhibitions, hands-on educational programs, firsthand accounts of culture, along with demonstrations celebrating the collective histories and contemporary thriving cultures of Oklahoma’s original peoples will be a must see. Today, there are 39 indigenous Nations that call Oklahoma home: one State of many nations. The Oklahoma American Indian experience represents America’s story of diversity.