Art Collections at the Funk Heritage Center
The Rogers Contemporary Native American Art Gallery
The exhibits in this gallery include paintings, sculptures and other creative works by Native American artists. All of these items were donated by Clarence and Margaret Rogers and are on permanent display. These works of art represent the talents of many people with a wide range of styles and subjects. A majority of these works were created by descendants of the Southeastern Indians, many of whom now live in west of the Mississippi due to the removal of their ancestors during the Trail of Tears in the 1800s.
The Buffington Gallery
The exhibits in this gallery change from time to time. At the present time, featured Native American artists include Robert Ansley, Bert Seabourn and Clayburn Straughn.
Robert "Bob" Annesley was born in Norman, OK and currently lives in Houston, TX. A poet, graphic artist, sculptor, painter and Indian historian, Bob is a member of the Cherokee tribe. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. Bob works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, pastel, goldpoint, silverpoint, bronze, terra-cotta and encaustic mixed-media.
In high school, Bert Seabourn would hop a freight train or hitchhike from Purcell to Oklahoma City to visit the Oklahoma Museum of Art. He joined the Navy during the Korean War and although he lacked art training, the Navy put him to work as an illustratar. Bert began to explore his Indian heritage & incorporate it in his art. He is best known for combining images of birds & animals with the face of an old wise medicine man, the keeper of the culture for all Indian tribes. He studied art at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma.
Ghost Paths: "A walk back into history along the Trail of Tears"
This is an original collection of photographic print posters photographed by Elizabeth Waight. Her journey took her from North Georgia to Oklahoma and along the way, she photographed dozens of 1838-1840 Trail of Tears sites as they appear today. The a Hasselblad 6 x 6 film camera was used to shoot the sites. Each photo is mounted on a 40 x 40 poster.