Who Are Some Oklahoma Artists?


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Some of the most notable artists in Oklahoma come from the Native American art community, such as Benjamin Harjo, Jr., a Shawnee-Seminole printmaker and painter, and Vanessa Jennings, a regalia maker, clothing designer and bead artist of the Kiowa Tribe. Acee Blue Eagle, Woodrow Crumbo, Allen Houser and many other prominent Native American artists called Oklahoma home. In the mid-20th century, Oklahoma-native Maria Tallchief (who was half Osaga) became the first Native American prima ballerina in the United States.

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Not all famous artists from Oklahoma were Native American. In the late 1900s, painter John Noble studied art in Europe and created his most famous painting, "The Run." In the 20th century, landscape painters such as Howell Lewis and Nellie Shepherd, Dick Goetz and Augusta Metcalf became very popular artists. Oklahoman artist Charles Banks Wilson was honored by the U.S. Department of State.

Though Oklahoma is not as famous for its art scene, many very popular recording artists and musicians were born there, most notably country singers such as Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood. Songwriter and musician Leon Russell was also born in Oklahoma, as well as a number of guitarists, including Vince Gill, J.J. Cale and Isaac Hanson.

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