Joe Don Brave

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s (CTHC) newest featured artist, Joe Don Brave, currently has his artwork displayed in the Garis Gallery of the American West. The gallery will feature an artist reception for Brave from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.

Embracing one’s heritage has inspired many to get creative with the arts, including one artist who will showcase their work in a local gallery for viewers to peruse. 

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s (CTHC) newest featured artist, Joe Don Brave, currently has his artwork displayed in the Garis Gallery of the American West. The gallery will feature an artist reception for Brave from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.

Joe Don Brave’s “Osage Journey” art will remain on display through Sept. 30.

According to a release, Brave emerged in the Osage customs for most of his life.

In the gallery, Brave exhibits originals, prints, mugs, notecards and more.

In an artist statement, Brave said his artwork derives from his heritage and environment.

“My artwork revolves around my heritage, emotions, environment and expressions that I have picked up through my adventures along the road,” Brave said, “while listening to the elders tell the stories of their experiences.”

Brave said he is the son of the Osage.

“Part of its history and a product of its many changes, endured over time,” Brave said. “I am a citizen of the world, as such, seek to define my identity and place within these two worlds, which are but one.”

Leah Mulkey, CTHC assistant director, said the stories from the paintings bring inspiration.

“We are excited to have Joe Don’s work on display,” Mulkey said. “It is interesting to look at his work from earlier years compared to his new style. It is all so vivid and the stories behind each painting’s inspiration give an insight to his heritage.”

According to a biography, Brave was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and when he was nine his family moved to Osage County, Oklahoma.

Brave stated in a biography, he grew up “immersed within the traditions and customs of the Osages.”

“For 40 years, actively participate in our annual traditional ceremonial dances,” Brave said. “I studied art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I learned the fundamentals of art and museum studies.”

According to a biography, Brave began his career at the Osage Nation Museum.

“I began my career as a Museum Technician, at the Osage Nation Museum, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in the early 1980’s,” Brave said. “(I) continued at the National Museum of the American Indian; Smithsonian Institute in New York City, where I was an integral member of the move team, moving the collection from Harlem to the Bronx and then to Maryland.”

Brave will be in attendance to visit with guests about his art.

The artist reception with refreshments at CTHC is free and open to the public.

CTHC is located at 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan and current operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about Brave’s exhibit or artist reception, call 580-252-6692 or email scott@onthechisholmtrail.com.

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