New Exhibition Featuring Joyce Nevaquaya Harris (Comanche)

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Joyce Nevaquaya Harris: Continuing the Legacy - Paintings



I Hear a Symphony. Acrylic

on canvas. © 2017 Joyce

Nevaquaya Harris

March 1, 2017 - 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 Joyce Nevaquaya Harris. The exhibition will run from March 10 to June 16, 2017.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.


Joyce Nevaquaya Harris, an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented painter.  She is a graduate of Apache High School, Apache, Oklahoma.  Joyce currently resides in Anadarko, Oklahoma, with her husband R.G. Harris, where she works as a full time artist.  She is the proud mother of Ashley, Charles, Amanda, Ronald, Angel, and Maggie Harris.


The daughter of Comanche master artist Doc Tate Nevaquaya and sister of painter Tim Tate Nevaquaya, Joyce was destined to carry on the family tradition of painting.  In the 1980’s she began painting with oils, and in 2015 she started to experiment with acrylic paints. 


Joyce’s painting is deeply influenced by her father’s stories. Most of her artworks are created without a sketch, the brush and paints are all she needs to freely express herself.  Joyce blends together the subject and design to create textured contemporary pieces with traditional motifs. 

The Legend. Acrylic on canvas. © 2017 Joyce Nevaquaya Harris
The Legend. Acrylic on

canvas. © 2017 Joyce

Nevaquaya Harris


Drawing on past experiences and memories, Joyce creates stunning portraits and vividly colorful canvases that have a life of their own. 


This exhibition marks Joyce’s first solo show in a museum setting.  The artworks featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Joyce Nevaquaya Harris directly at


* Exhibition brochure


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. 







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