America Meredith: Momentum Tulsa 2015 Curator

May 22, 2015

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Our guest curator for Momentum Tulsa 2015 is America Meredith from Santa Fe, NM.

Meredith is a Swedish-Cherokee artist, editing publisher, independent curator, and educator living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Meredith founded First American Art Magazine to expand discussion about Native art criticism, history, and theory.

Meredith is also an associate publisher at Noksi Press, a Cherokee-language publishing company, and serves on the board of the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council, a grassroots organization serving the rural Cherokee communities of northeastern Oklahoma, and is a member of the Bacone College Arts and Culture Advisory Council, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


America Meredith, “Bambi Makes Some Extra Bucks Modeling at the Studio”, acrylic on masonite, 24″x30″

America earned her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Her artwork blends historical styles from Native America and Europe with imagery from global pop culture.  The Cherokee language and syllabary figure prominently in her work, as it is the strongest visual imagery unique to her tribe. She creates pen and ink drawings, fumage (smoke art), monotypes, and linoleum block printing, but her primary focus is painting—in acrylic, egg tempera, gouache, and watercolor.


America Meredith, “Because, You Know, the Cherokee Language Is Coming Back”
gouache, watercolor, and India ink on book, 15.25″x18.75″ framed, private collection

Meredith will be joined by Emerging Curator Mary Kathryn Moeller (Tulsa, OK). Both curators select three artists for Momentum Spotlight, which gives selected artists an honorarium and the opportunity to create new bodies of work with the assistance of the curators.

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight projects should be proposals for the creation of new work by Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger. The curators will select three artists who will each receive a $2,000 honorarium and studio visits with the curators. Artists will be highlighted in exhibition marketing. Project proposals are due June 1, 5pm. Please see the details here on our calendar.

Momentum Tulsa opens October 2, 2015, 6-9pm, at Living Arts, Tulsa. General entries are due August 1, 5pm. Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger are eligible. Learn more at