McSwain Gallery hosts "Ancient to Abstract" art exhibit

Thursday, September 09, 2010

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – For Tracie Tuck Davis, art is a reflection of knowledge and interpretation.

The Chickasaw artist enjoys learning about historical subjects and translating them onto canvas in a contemporary manner.

In her art exhibit "Ancient to Abstract" at the McSwain Theatre Art Gallery, she depicts ancient Native American symbols in her art.

"I want our people to know this is who we are, this is where we came from and these are our patterns," the 48-year-old said.

The exhibit, featuring several oil and watercolor paintings as well as mixed media and granite pieces, continues through Sept. 24.

Descendant of Chickasaw enrollees Silas and Minnie Gibson, Mrs. Davis said her culture and heritage are very important to her.

She is studying Native American women artists and their works and hopes to publish a book on the same subject.

"When I represent myself as an Indian woman artist, I have to look and see who has come before me," she said.

Mrs. Davis also said she "fell in love with art" 12 years ago and started taking art classes at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.

"Art for me is a way of expressing myself that I couldn’t get out in any other way," she said.

Mrs. Davis has participated in several art shows including:

  • "Art Under the Oaks" at Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Okla.
  • "Our Place at the Table" a collaborative project of 11 Native American women.
  • "New Indian Traditions in Oklahoma Art" at Cameron University in Lawton.
  • "Southeastern Art Show and Market" at Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival in Tishomingo, Okla.
  • "Art of the Chickasaw Women Show" at East Central University in Ada.
  • "Student Art Show" at Simmons Center in Duncan, Okla.

She has a master of business administration and a certified public accountant degree and is currently working on a bachelor of fine arts.

Mrs. Davis and her husband John live in Lawton and have three children Tiffany, Jacob and Jessica.

The McSwain Theatre Art Gallery is located at 130 W. Main in Ada. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday – Friday.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520.