Harjo, Jr. Art Added To Collection

The Seminole Nation Museum is honored to present its 2019 Joan Roberts Ligon Collections Endowment purchase selection, “birds of wonder,” by celebrated artist Benjamin Harjo. Jr.

Benjamin Harjo Jr is one of the nation’s preeminent American Indian artists, often referred to as the "Picasso of Native American art." He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1974. Harjo has received dozens of prestigious honors and awards during a career that has spanned more than 40 years. In addition to the Seminole Nation Museum, other institutions and private collectors treasure his work, which can be viewed in public collections of the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Red Earth Art Center, Gilcrease Museum, Wheelright Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. He is both Seminole and Absentee Shawnee.

The Seminole Nation Museum’s Collection Endowment Fund was established in 2013 in honor of the late Joan Ligon. Joan was instrumental in the founding of the Seminole Nation Historical Society and was a long-standing volunteer and member of its Board of Directors. Upon her passing in 2013, and in recognition of her love of history, her vocation as an educator, and her service to the museum, Joan’s family chose to honor her with the establishment of a permanent endowment fund. The collections fund allows annually for the purchase of pieces to enhance the museum’s ability to educate and inform the public. Through the artworks and artifacts acquired by the fund, Joan’s memory touches new generations of visitors and honors the rich and vibrant history of Wewoka. Contributions to the fund may be made at any time and ensure that the work of the Seminole Nation Museum continues into the future. 

A formal dedication ceremony will be held this fall.