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The Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series

Dr. heather ahtone, senior curator of the First Americans Museum

Dr. heather ahtone is the senior curator at the First Americans Museum in downtown Oklahoma City.  Dr. ahtone was the speaker at this year's virtual lecture. 

Established at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996 by Kiowa painter Sherman Chaddlesone (1947-2013), the Chaddlesone Series is a program of readings and cultural events which allow the Central community opportunities to interact with iconic, established, and emerging American Indian artists.

Dr. heather ahtone is the senior curator at the First Americans Museum in downtown Oklahoma City. She is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is of both Chickasaw and Choctaw descent.

ahtone’s Interdisciplinary Doctorate Degree is in Art History, Anthropology & Native American Studies. She has curated independently and worked with the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also worked for Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York. Additionally, she has published articles in multiple journals, such as American Indian Horizons, International Journal of Arts in Society, Indian Market Magazine and Wicazo Sa, In 2007, ahtone was recognized in Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40".

Dr. ahtone’s presentation for this year’s Sherman Chaddlesone event is entitled, “Shifting the Paradigm: An Indigenous Curator’s Perspectives on Researching and Exhibiting Our Cultures/Art”


About the Series

Sherman Chaddlesone

New entries in the series take place every year in October, on Indigenous Peoples Day.

Past speakers have included: Arigon Starr, Carolyn Dunn; Steven Paul Judd; d.g. smalling; Joy Harjo; Neal Diamond; Joseph Erb; Jennifer Elise Foerster; Diane Glancy; and Tim Tingle.