Chickasaw Nation, partners with Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., announces artists for Bricktown Underpass Project

Native American murals to adorn Oklahoma City’s Sheridan Avenue underpass

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 29, 2016) – Visitors to Bricktown soon will be immersed in Native American art as they enter Oklahoma City’s entertainment district. Officials with Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. in conjunction with the Chickasaw Nation today announced the Native American artists that will transform the Sheridan Avenue underpass. There were two teams awarded the mural underpass project, the first team is comprised of Chad “Nish” Earles, Caddo Native and Rhiana Deck, Choctaw Native, who will complete a mural titled ‘Earth to Sky’; and the second team is J. NiCole Hatfield, Comanche Native and Steven Grounds, Navajo Native, who will complete a mural titled ‘Strength of the Woman.’ 

“Oklahoma City is becoming nationally recognized as a center for public art, and our organization partnering with the Chickasaw Nation to add more creativity and diversity will hopefully contribute to that reputation,” said Jill DeLozier, Vice President of Downtown OKC, Inc.

The Sheridan underpass will be the second underpass to incorporate artwork in the area after Jason Pawley painted his mural titled “Cultivation” in the Reno Avenue 

underpass in 2015. Pawley’s mural also was the result of a public art grant from Downtown OKC, Inc.

Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation tourism director, said the mural continues to illustrate the talent as well as culture of Native American tribes.

“The Sheridan underpass is a popular thoroughfare for motorists as well as pedestrians experiencing the restaurants, attractions and stores in the Bricktown area,” said Williams. “While visitors have locations like Exhibit C and Red Earth in the area to view and purchase Native American art, the underpass art project gives the four artists a blank canvas to showcase their talents on a greater stage.”

The Sheridan underpass’s main north and south walls measure nearly 120-feet long and 13-feet tall. Jenkins said the mural work will begin immediately and be completed by July 1, 2016.

To track the progress of the mural, follow Downtown OKC, Inc. and Chickasaw Country on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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About Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., Downtown OKC Initiatives, and the Business Improvement District collectively provide services to the downtown area that include marketing, promotion, public art, street cleaning, landscaping, hospitality, placemaking, and lighting. For more information on these and other programs, visit DowntownOKC.com

 

About the Chickasaw Nation
Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation tourism director, said the mural continues to illustrate the talent as well as culture of Native American tribes.

“The Sheridan underpass is a popular thoroughfare for motorists as well as pedestrians experiencing the restaurants, attractions and stores in the Bricktown area,” said Williams. “While visitors have locations like Exhibit C and Red Earth in the area to view and purchase Native American art, the underpass art project gives the four artists a blank canvas to showcase their talents on a greater stage.”

The Sheridan underpass’s main north and south walls measure nearly 120-feet long and 13-feet tall. Jenkins said the mural work will begin immediately and be completed by July 1, 2016.

To track the progress of the mural, follow Downtown OKC, Inc. and Chickasaw Country on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., Downtown OKC Initiatives, and the Business Improvement District collectively provide services to the downtown area that include marketing, promotion, public art, street cleaning, landscaping, hospitality, placemaking, and lighting. For more information on these and other programs, visit DowntownOKC.com

About the Chickasaw Nation
With more than 60,000 citizens, the Chickasaw Nation is the 12th largest federally-recognized Indian tribe in the United States. The Chickasaw Nation has an annual economic impact of more than $2.4 billion in Oklahoma. The tribe has more than 13,000 employees. A democratic republic with executive, legislative and judicial departments, the tribe's jurisdictional territory includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma.

About Chickasaw Country
Chickasaw Country is a regional tourism organization representing 13 south-central Oklahoma counties. Lead by The Chickasaw Nation to blend tourism efforts in the region, Chickasaw Country represents festivals, events and attractions. A very diverse and cultural destination, Chickasaw Country has new adventures around every corner.