FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2016 - ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA: The Southern Plains Indian Museum, administered by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will feature an exhibit of artwork by Mary Ann Coon. The exhibition will run from October 22 to December 31, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Mary Ann Coon, an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented sculptor and mixed media artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma. Mary currently resides near Konawa, Oklahoma, where she works as a full time sculptor and mixed media artist.
As a self-taught artist, Mary attributes her experiences growing up on the Ponca Tribal Reservation in Oklahoma as an early source of inspiration. Her artwork is drawn from her life experiences and traditional values learned there. Exploring different mediums of art, Mary has found that mixed media including digital images, animation, and sculpture has been the most accurate way to convey her views. Traditional and contemporary aspects of her culture are vividly reflected in her vibrant works. Honored to have an exhibition at the Southern Plains Indian Museum, Mary hopes to share with the public the social and political issues related to contemporary Native life through her art.
Mary has two mixed media pieces displayed at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Her awards include first place at the 2010 Ponca Tribe Art and Literacy show in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and third place in the 2011 Ada Arts Council Annual Art Show in Ada, Oklahoma.
The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Regular viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 801 East Central Blvd., Anadarko, Oklahoma. For more information call the museum at (405) 247-6221.