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Myriad Gardens opens new exhibit of art by Benjamin Harjo Jr. tonight

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 23, 2014
Benjamin Harjo Jr.'s "The Protectors"
Benjamin Harjo Jr.'s "The Protectors"

The Myriad Botanical Gardens continues its free, public fine art series in the visitors lobby of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory with a showing of the works of nationally acclaimed artist Benjamin Harjo Jr.

The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 22 and is free to the public during regular Crystal Bridge hours. All art will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the gardens.

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Crystal Bridge. It will be catered by the new Park House restaurant at the gardens.

Considered one of the nation’s leading American Indian artists, Harjo is a Seminole and Absentee Shawnee artist whose professional career began with a formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Oklahoma State University in 1974.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Harjo has received many prestigious honors and awards. His work is highly sought by private collectors and can be viewed in public collections at the Fred E. Brown Collection at the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Red Earth Center, Gilcrease Museum, Wheelright Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian.

Harjo’s work has been published in dozens of books and magazines, and has been shown around the world. Solo exhibitions include shows at Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum, Mabee-Gerrer in Shawnee, and OSU’s Gardiner Art Gallery. Group shows include “Small Works Great Wonders” at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; “Changing Hands II” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and “Ladies Choice” at the Bradford Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY.

Included among his many awards are:

2012 Inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame

2009 Named as an Oklahoma Living Treasure by the OU Health Center Foundation

2009 Awarded the Lifetime Achievement by NAASA

2009 Best of Show, Five Civilized Tribes Museum

2009 Best of Division and 1st place SWAIA Indian Market

2007 Best of Show in the Masters Show at Five Civilized Tribes Museum

2005 SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market official poster artist

2003 Honored One at the 17th Annual Red Earth Festival

1993 & 1994 Featured Artist for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Annual Aspen Benefit

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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