Cherokee Heritage Center Hosts “Return from Exile” exhibit May 12 – Aug. 11

Dylan Cavin (Choctaw)
Blue Moon
pencil and ink on paper, 22.125 x 18.25 in.

Published May 11, 2017

Opening reception held Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m.

TAHLEQUAH – A group of more than 30 contemporary Southeastern Native American artists have joined together to create an exhibit focusing on responses and reactions to the themes of removal, return and resilience.

“Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art” will be on display at the Cherokee Heritage Center May 12 through Aug. 11. The nationally renowned traveling exhibit features art representing the five tribes removed from the Southeast in the 1830s, including the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole.

“‘Return from Exile’ is an exceptional fine art exhibit, and we are excited and honored to have the opportunity to display it at the Cherokee Heritage Center,” said Callie Chunestudy, curator for CHC. “This exhibit beautifully showcases the advancement of Native artists into the contemporary fine art world and provides a moving and contemplative journey through the minds and hearts of those that anguished and, in time, persevered through removal.”

The traveling exhibit was curated by Tony Tiger (Sac & Fox/Muscogee Creek/Seminole) and Bobby Martin (Muscogee Creek).

A reception will be held on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the exhibit and give guests the opportunity to meet some of the featured artists. The evening will also include a special musical performance by Cherokee Nation citizen and mezzo-soprano opera singer Barbara McAlister.

“Return from Exile” is sponsored by the Southeastern Indian Artists Association. For more information about the traveling exhibit and featured artist videos, please visit

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

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