Artist-in-Residence Chelsea T. Hicks' workshop

Artist-in-Residence Chelsea T. Hicks' workshop "Creating with Our Ancestors"

Starts: Dec 03, 2021 10:00 AM
Ends: Dec 03, 2021 08:00 PM

Description of Event 
On December 3rd, from 10 Am – 5 PM at the Graceful Arts Gallery, located at 523 Barnes Ave, Alva, OK 73717, NWOSU Artist-in-Residence Chelsea T. Hicks will conduct a workshop titled “Creating with Our Ancestors.” Spots are limited. To RSVP, email Associate Professor of Art Kyle Larson at

Workshop Description: This all-day workshop uses the disciplines of drawing, painting and creative writing to investigate rematriation and ancestral veneration practices. Participants are invited to bring a family heirloom, document, or object representing one or more of their matrilineal ancestral culture/s (meaning: from one of the culture/s from which their mother, grandmothers or great-grandmothers first originated). We will do a timed sketch session incorporating this object or document into a drawing (abstract or concrete incorporation, just creating in response to the object), and then in the afternoon, we'll do a storytelling exercise using our visual creation. Via writing prompts, we'll seek to explicate and deepen our understanding of the ways in which we hold connections to our matrilineal line/s, both through the concept of inheritance and dis/inheritance. Before and after we create together, we'll have a talking circle, in which (morning session) Hicks will summarize how people of various United States backgrounds understand rematriation and its purpose today and (evening) a reading to share some of our thoughts with the community. This presentation and discussion will take place on Dec. 3rd during the Alva First Friday Artwalk at Graceful Arts and will begin at 6:30 PM. All are welcome.

Who is event for? Why attend?:
Spots are limited. To RSVP, email Associate Professor of Art Kyle Larson at All are welcome to the presentation at Graceful Arts from 6-8 PM on Friday, Dec. 3.


Chelsea T. Hicks (Osage, Pawhuska District) is an incoming Tulsa Artist Fellow and a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation 2021 LIFT Awardee. Her writing has been published in McSweeney’s, Yellow Medicine Review, the LA Review of Books, Indian Country Today, the Believer, The Audacity, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is a past Writing By Writers Fellow, a 2016 Wah-Zha-Zhi Woman Artist featured by the Osage Nation Museum, and a 2020 finalist for the Eliza So Fellowship for Native American women writers. In 2020, she was a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after earning a master’s in English from UC Davis and an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her advocacy work has included recruiting with the Virginia Indian Pre-College Outreach Initiative (VIP-COI), Northern and Southern California Osage diaspora groups, and heritage language creative writing and revitalization workshops. She authored poetry for the sound art collection Onomatopoeias For Wrangell-St. Elias, funded by the Double Hoo Grant at the University of Virginia, where she was awarded the Peter & Phyllis Pruden scholarship for excellence in the English major as well as the University Achievement Award (2008-2012). The Ford Foundation awarded her a 2021 honorable mention for promotion of Indigenous-language creative writing. She is planning an Indigenous Language Creative Writing Conference for November 2022 in Tulsa, funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Contact Name:
Kyle Larson

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Name of Sponsoring Organization:
Visual Arts


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