Sacred Mascots: Matthew Bearden

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Sacred Mascots: Matthew Bearden

Matthew Bearden briefly describes the subject matter of his exhibit “I recently started a series of paintings done on actual used football helmets called ‘Sacred Mascots.’ The idea is to give a different perspective to people concerning the Native American mascot controversy.” He adds that the exhibit will consist of “helmets with portraits as well as different takes on mascots.”

A graduate of Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, in 1987, Bearden has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has been in numerous Native American Art exhibits (such as Red Earth in Oklahoma City and Trail of Tears Art Show) as well as Native American Art festivals (such as Indian Summer Festival in Bartlesville, SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, Dallas Indian Art Festival, and Tulsa Indian Art Festival). His solo exhibits include Lloyd Gallery, Pawhuska, 2009; “Recent Works.” Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, 2007; “Rhythm of the Plains.” Omniplex, OKC, March, 1998; and, “Mystic Warriors,” Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, November 2000.