(May 19, 2011 -- Oklahoma City, OK) On Saturday June 4th at 1pm in the afternoon Edgar Heap of Birds will discuss his work in the current exhibition at Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan, Oklahoma City. In addition to discussing his Neuf Series paintings and his recent monoprints, Hock E Aye Edgar Heap of Birds will also discuss his exhibitions as internationally celebrated artist including his exhibition The Most Serene Republics which was part of the 2007 Venice Biennale. Heap of Birds will present a screening that includes some of his world-wide involvement in art exhibitions, public art and educational opportunities. Edgar and Shanna Heap of birds will also discuss their exhibited collection of works by renowned Native artists.  Individual Artists of Oklahoma is a short 15 minute walk away from the Cox Convention Center, so guests are encouraged to visit the Red Earth Festival following the Edgar Heap of Bird’s presentation.

The current exhibition Ideas in Color and Form, Contemporary Native American Artists from the Collection of Shanna and Edgar Heap of Birds is currently on view at Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery and will continue on exhibition through Saturday, June 4th. The exhibition includes work by Norman Akers, Marcus Amerman, Joe Fedderson, Tom Poolaw, Joe Harjo, Truman Lowe, Jim Logan, John Hitchcock, Duane Slick, Jaune Quick-Too-See Smith, Peter Jemison, Kay Walkingstick, Emma Whitehorse, Seven Yazzie, and Melanie Yazzie as well as Edgar Heap of Birds. Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery hours are noon to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Speaking of the collection of exhibited work, “Ideas in Color and Form, Contemporary Native American Artists from the Collection of Shanna and Edgar Heap of Birds, “ the artists states:

”This selection of prints, paintings, and sculpture reflect a strong national network of Native artists from across America, affiliated as allies in respect.  The body of work speaks to a warm wave of personal relationships by our group.  The artists are working now in modes of formal, emotional, and cultural expressions, which share a common reverence for excellent visual elements.

"Many of these artists participated in a fine printmaking portfolio project from the University of Arizona, Tucson titled: “Lasting Impressions”.  Our family, by way of artistic exchanges, also collected other works.  Most of these noted artists are also active professors at leading university art programs; their positions and tribal allegiances are detailed. 

"We hold these artistic colleagues and friendships very dear and are most happy to share the beautiful expressions with the Oklahoma art community via Individual Artists of Oklahoma.  The gallery viewers may witness a reaffirming of the profound recent developments in Native American art and the movement’s vital future."

About the Artist:

Edgar Heap of Birds has been a professor at the University of Oklahoma since 1989 as well as a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town and Rhode Island School of Art and Design and an Associate Visiting Professor at Yale University.  He has also taken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on a local, national and international basis.

His works have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (New York), The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Documenta, Kassal (Germany), Orchard Gallery (Derry, Northern Ireland), University Art Museum (Berkeley, California), Association for Visual Arts Museum ( Cape Town, South Africa), Lewallen Contemporary Art, (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Hong Kong Art Center (China) among other venues.

Edgar Heap of Birds has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Lila Wallace Foundation, Bonfil Stanton Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trust.


Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO), is a nonprofit arts organization with a multimedia gallery and event space located on historic Film Row, at 706 W Sheridan in Downtown Oklahoma City. 

Individual Artists of Oklahoma is committed to sustaining and encouraging emerging and established artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental in subject matter or technique.

IAO creates opportunities for Oklahoma artists by curating and developing socially relevant exhibitions in one of the finest gallery spaces in the region. The IAO Gallery features works and exhibitions that display innovative and thought-provoking concepts and approaches that broaden the dialogue with the community and enhance public understanding of the role of contemporary art and the artist.


For more information about IAO and contemporary art in Oklahoma, please visit IAO’s Web site: www.iaogallery.org.



Clint Stone

Executive Director

Individual Artists of Oklahoma

706 W. Sheridan Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73102


PO Box 60824

Oklahoma City, OK 73146



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