Oklahoma City - Brent Learned used bold, vibrant colors to depict the American Plains Indian for his new exhibit at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Titled Life Before Statehood, the exhibit is on display in the East Gallery through February 12.

The East Gallery is located on the Capitol’s first floor and is free and open the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Learned appreciates the heritage and culture of the American Plains Indian. The artist seeks to capture the essence, accuracy and historic authenticity of their way of life in his artwork.

An award-winning and collected artist from Oklahoma City, Learned graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. His work resides in museums like the Smithsonian Institute-National Museums of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the University of Kansas Art Museum in Kansas. One of Learned’s paintings is displayed in the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information contact Alyson Moses at (405) 521-2020 or alyson.moses@arts.ok.gov.

About the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.