The arts add wonder, color and imagination to a world that would be cold, stark and flat without it. Chickasaw artists speak of our past, present and future with voices heard through paint and canvas, metal, glass, textiles, music and performance. Meet them. Immerse yourself in their work and find your own creative spark.
Chickasaw artist Jeannie Barbour works as a professional artist, illustrator and writer. She received her degree in art from Oklahoma State University, and originally started working as a graphic artist in the advertising industry. Her work for various clients has been highlighted in local, regional and national advertising campaigns.
Barbour grew up in Los Angeles, California, and was not exposed to Chickasaw culture as a child. She became interested in her heritage later in life. “That was when I really began to embrace what it meant to be Chickasaw,” Barbour said.
“When I first came to work for the tribe over 20 years ago, I was very much interested in the art and the culture,” Barbour said.
Barbour’s award-winning illustrations and writings have been featured in various publications and art exhibitions throughout the country. "Jeannie has an incredible talent for bringing Chickasaw heritage and culture to life through her artwork," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.
The renowned artist is also a noted Chickasaw historian and author, focusing on the topics of Chickasaw political structure and native culture. Barbour teaches Chickasaw history courses and has researched and documented little-known facts about the Chickasaw Nation and the southeastern tribal way of life. This work has been exhibited in various competitions across the country and has received critical acclaim. She also works as an advocate for Native American issues, specifically for the protection of southeastern tribal culture.