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The History of chickasaw art

Chickasaw people have created ceramics, jewelry, carvings and woven crafts for centuries. The art created by Chickasaw people served a utilitarian or practical purpose. Today, Chickasaw artists create work to express individual identity, reference traditional cultural cosmology or as an instrument for transmission of cultural knowledge. Individual expression in contemporary art reinforces the Chickasaw artist’s identification and pride in our culture.

Fine Art Galleries

Chickasaw people have created ceramics, jewelry, carvings and woven crafts for centuries. The art created by Chickasaw people served a utilitarian or practical purpose. Today, Chickasaw artists create work to express individual identity, reference traditional cultural cosmology or as an instrument for transmission of cultural knowledge. Individual expression in contemporary art reinforces the Chickasaw artist’s identification and pride in our culture.

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Aaittafama' Room

Aaittafama' Room

The Aaittafama' Room is a beautiful space that houses rotating art collections expressive of our people’s history and culture.

Aapisa' Art Gallery

Aapisa' Art Gallery

Aapisa', meaning “a place to see” in our Chickasaw language, is home to fine art and rotating exhibits for our visitors to enjoy. The Aapisa' Art Gallery is a beautifully designed area with more than 1,200 square feet of exhibit space adorned with architectural details such as wood, copper and stone that is integrated throughout the campus. Located adjacent to the Welcome Center and Gift Shop, the Art Gallery is a convenient early stop on campus.

Upcoming Exhibits

  • 10:00AM

    See original portraits painted by world-renowned, Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen. This exhibition features 20 of the 48 original elder portraits.

    Noted by the award-winning Larsen as one of his...

    Dec. 1 2018 - Dec. 31 Portraits of Elders
  • 10:00AM

    The Chickasaw Cultural Center is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to offer this new traveling exhibition to the Holisso: The Center for Study of...

    May. 3 - Nov. 18 Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
  • 10:00AM

    The kitchen is a powerful place. For many families, it is the heart of the home, a place for conversation, community and warmth; it represents the love that is cooked into a homemade meal, and...

    May. 10 - Sep. 1 Aprons: Tying Together Chickasaw Kitchens