Tiger, Jerome Richard

Jerome Richard Tiger
Date of Birth: 
July 8, 1941
Place of Birth: 
Tahlequah, OK.
Date of Death: 
August 13, 1967

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Biography:
 
     Jerome Richard Tiger was a high school dropout, a street & prizefighter, laborer, sculptor & painter. Jerome is the brother of Johnny Tiger Jr. & a cousin of Jon Tiger, Lee Roy Joshua & Edmond Joshua, Jr., all prominent Indian artists. Jerome is the father of Dana Tiger, Jerome Christopher "Chris" Tiger & Lisa Tiger, all prominent Indian artists. Jerome made his home in Muskogee, OK.
     Jerome began to paint "Indian style" in 1962. Nettie Wheeler of Muskogee, OK, recognized Jerome's talent & encouraged him in his artistic endeavors. Nettie worked tirelessly on his behalf throughout the country. Jerome submitted his early work to the 1962 Philbrook Art Center's Annual Indian Art Exhibition. Jeanne Snodgrass, the Philbrook Art Center's curator of Indian Art, invited Jerome to have his first major exhibition at the Center. Nearly all of Jerome's paintings sold on the opening night. Jerome was asked to produce more paintings to replace those sold. Before the close of the exhibition, Jerome had replaced his paintings twice.
     Tragically, Jerome died of an apparently unintentional self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head at 26 years of age. Jerome left behind a unique view of his Indian heritage & a remarkable legacy of beautiful artwork. Jerome worked in oil, watercolor, tempera, casein, pencil, & pen & ink.
     Jerome exhibited & won numerous awards for his artwork at the All-American Indian Days (Sheridan, WY), the Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM), the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials (Gallup, NM), the Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa, OK), the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition (Scottsdale, AZ) & the National Exhibition of American Indian Art (Oakland, CA). Jerome had solo art shows at the Cherokee National Museum (Tahlequah, OK), the Five Civilized Tribes Museum (Muskogee, OK), the Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa, OK), the Muskogee Public Library (Muskogee, OK) & the Ft. Smith Art Center (Ft. Smith, AR). Jerome also exhibited his artwork at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art (Tulsa, OK), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum (Oklahoma City, OK), the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX), the Oklahoma Museum of Art (Oklahoma City, OK), All-Oklahoma Indian Artists Invitational at the Oklahoma Art Center Gallery (Oklahoma City, OK) & the Marymount College (Tarrytown, NY). Jerome was awarded a mural commission at Calhoun's Department store in Muskogee, OK. In 1964-1965, Jerome participated in the United States Dept. of the Interior's First Annual Invitational Exhibition of American Indian paintings (Washington, D.C.).
     Jerome's artwork was posthumously included in the following exhibits & tours: the Native American paintings/Mid-America Arts Alliance project exhibit & tour organized by the Joslyn Art Museum in 1979-1980, the Native American painting exhibit & tour organized by the Amarillo Art Center (Amarillo, TX) in 1981-1983, the Indianischer Kunstler exhibit & tour of West Germany organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art (Tu1sa, OK) in 1984-1985, & the Shared Visions: Native American Painters & Sculptors in the Twentieth century exhibit & tour organized by the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ) in 1991-1992. 
     Numerous private & public art collections feature artwork by Jerome Tiger, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Washington, D.C.), the United States Dept. of the Interior (Washington, D.C.), the Five civilized Tribes Museum (Muskogee, OK), the Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM), the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art (Tulsa, OK), the Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, OK), the Woolaroc Museum (Bartlesville, OK), the Muskogee Public Library (Muskogee, OK) & the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.).
 
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