NORMAN — "Generations: Three Cherokee Artists,” featuring three generations of art from the Milam-Meredith family, opens Saturday at the Standing Buffalo Indian Art Gallery and Gifts, 106 E Main St. The exhibit will run through April 30.
An opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a discussion of early indigenous American photographers presented by participating artist America Meredith.
The Milam-Meredith family has been and remains active in Cherokee cultural renewal and the art world, gallery owner Tom Farris said.
The art show celebrates three family members: William Thomas Milam Sr., photographer; Howard Meredith, painter and printmaker, and America Meredith, painter.
Milam, who died in 2007, was an aeronautical engineer by trade but a photographer and pilot by passion, especially when he could combine his photography with airplanes, Farris said.
Milam’s uncle, J. B. Milam, was principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and his great-uncle was Cherokee entertainer and pilot Will Rogers. Rogers taught his great-nephew how to rope and ride horses.
Milam’s exhibition was made possible by his son, William Thomas Milam Jr.