Blackowl, Archie

Date of Birth: 
Nov. 23, 1911
Place of Birth: 
Weatherford, OK
Date of Death: 
Sept. 1992
Place of Death: 


      A descendent of the famous Cheyenne chiefs Crow Necklace & Roman Nose, Archie
Blackowl was born on Nov. 23, 1911 in Weatherford, OK.  At 6 years of age, Archie watched old Red Tooth paint a skin tipi.  This experience sparked an interest in art in the young boy.  Archie attended school at Ft. Sill, the Haskell Indian School & the University of Kansas.  Encouraged by Woody Crumbo, Archie started painting seriously in the 1930's.  He studied art at the Chicago Art Institute & studied painting under Olaf Nordmark.  Archie received a grant from the Phillips 66 Foundation to study art at the University of Oklahoma.  Archie worked as a civil service employee, a teacher, an industrial painter in the aircraft industry, an artist, a government muralist, & he was employed by the Walt Disney Studios.  Archie made his home in Cushing, OK.
      Archie maintained a traditional style of painting throughout his lengthy career.  He worked in tempera & prints.  Archie accurately portrayed Cheyenne traditions & culture,
remaining faithful to his heritage in his life & in his art.
      Archie exhibited extensively at the Cherokee National Museum, the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art, the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum, the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, the Mayfest International Festival (Winston-Salem, NC), the Tulsa Garden Center's Midwest Professional Artists Benefit Art Show, the Native American Center for the Living Arts, the All-Oklahoma Indian Artists Invitational at the Oklahoma Art Center Gallery, the Oklahoma Museum of Art, the Southern Plains Indian Museum & Craft Center, the U.S. Department of State's Contemporary American Indian Art exhibit & the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
      Archie participated in several touring exhibitions including the Amarillo Art Center's Native American Painting exhibit, the Southern Plains Indian Museum & the Oklahoma Indian Arts & Crafts Co-operative's Contemporary Southern Plains Indian Painting exhibit, the Philbrook Museum of Art's Indianischer Kunstler tour of West Germany, the University of Oklahoma Museum of Art's Plains Indian Paintings exhibit, the Philbrook Art Center's American Indian Paintings From the Permanent Collection & the Southern Plains Indian Museum's Views & Visions:  The Symbolic Imagery of the Native American Church.
      Archie won numerous awards at the Wayne State University's American Indian Art Exhibition, the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials & the Philbrook Art Center.  Archie was awarded several commissions to paint murals for the Philbrook Art Center, The Palmer House (Chicago, IL), the Riverside Indian School, the Kiowa Hospital (Lawton, OK) & the Ft. Sill Officer's Club, cafeteria & gymnasium. 
      Archie's artwork is featured in numerous private & public art collections including the Anadarko City Museum, the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art, the Red Cloud Indian School's Heritage Center Inc. Collection, the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum, the Boy Scouts of America's (La Junta, CO) Kiva Museum of the Koshare Indian
the Museum of Northern Arizona's Katherine Harvey Collection, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Oklahoma State Art Collection, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Southern Plains Indian Museum & Craft Center, the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Indian Arts & Crafts Board & the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
      In 1990, Archie Blackowl was named a "Living Legend" by Ralph Oliver.  Archie died in Oklahoma in Sept. 1992.
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