Artist’s reception, Sept. 13 at NOCSeptember 11, 2019 | Headlines
Submitted By SCOT CLOUD | NOC Public Information
TONKAWA — Northern Oklahoma College will host an artist’s reception on Sept. 13 at the NOC Cultural Engagement Center from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. featuring the work of Native American artist Kristin Gentry.
Gentry, a native of Tulsa, has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried, invited, open, and group shows across the midwest. She works as a professional visual artist in the areas of relief and monotype printmaking, painting, jewelry and photography. She also works as a writer, designer, and curator.
Gentry is an enrolled member and registered artist of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and will finish her M.S. degree in Native Leadership at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in fine arts from Oklahoma State University in 2009, and earned her Associate of Art in education from Tulsa Community College in 2005 as an Honor’s Scholar Graduate. She graduated from Berryhill High School in 2003. She received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40 award in 2012.
Gentry can often be found volunteering her time at AHHA Tulsa or at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition. She attributes her interest and love for the arts as instilled by her grandfather and woodcarver, James Oran Hoover, her family, her numerous fine arts professors, her mentor Benjamin Harjo Jr., and her heritage in which she draws her inspiration.
Outside of her art career, she is an avid gardener, often growing produce from heirloom seeds from the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations.
The exhibit, provided by a U.S. Department of Education grant through the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program, is supportive of the initiative to provide activities that highlight Native American culture. The exhibit is housed in the Cultural Engagement Center through the month, ending on Sept. 27.