Clipped From The Kokomo Tribune
Kiowa Images at Eiteljorg INDIANAPOLIS - The Eiteljorg MuMum of American Indian and Western Art will exhibit "New Images, Old Visions: Six Klowa Artists of the Early Twentieth Century," Monday through April 1. The works are representative of the Kiowa School, which originated in the early 1920s when a group of government workers in Anadarko, Okla., formed a fine arts club for local Native American children. In the group were four exceptionally talented children Spencer Asah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, and Monroe Tsatoke. Suzie Peters, a government field matron, recognized their talent, and sent them to study with Ralph Mores, an artist and dealer in Taos, N.M. Mores was so impressed with the quality of work that he contacted Dr. O.B. Jacobsen, head of the School of Art at the University of Oklahoma. Though the Kiowa had none of the necessary academic requirements, Jacobsen was so struck by their talent he admitted the students to the university. Two other artists, Louise Smokey — the lone woman in the group — and James Auchiah, followed. The painters were given a room at the art department where they could work in relative privacy. They were made to feel at ease by Jacobsen and were encouraged to mingle with other art students. The painters worked hard at improving basic skills and devel- gue nd soot oping highly Individual styles. Believing the work of the Kiowa should express their creators' Indian heritage, Jacobsen made no attempt to alter their styles. Success came quickly to the artists. Within weeks of their arrival at the university, an exhibit of their work was held. Within a few months, their work traveled outside Oklahoma. In 1927, the Kiowa artists received national recognition when their paintings were displayed at an American Federation of Arts convention in Denver. After showing their work in other parts of the United States, an exhibit was sent to Pra Czechoslovakia, and soon thereafter, a folio of Kiowa paintings was published in France. The paintings are readily recognized by their broad brush strokes and bold use of color. The paintings have a tendency to be of single figures or small groups. The dance figures echo the character of Plains dancing — virtuoso effects emphasizing the individual rather than the ceremonial. The Eiteljorg Museum is located at 500 W. Washington St. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $2.