Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant presented Talented Choctaw Women exhibit

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DURANT – The art gallery at Sky Tower inside Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant has been updated to feature a special collection in honor of Choctaw Women’s Month in April.

The most recent installment in the art gallery is called “Chahta Ohoyo Imponna: Talented Choctaw Women” and highlights female Choctaw artists whose work will be featured in Choctaw Nation’s newest resort, Choctaw Landing, in Hochatown.

“As a traditionally matriarchal society, Choctaw people have long valued women and the contributions they’ve made to the tribe,” said Claire Young, public arts manager for Choctaw Nation. “Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is dedicated to continuing that tradition by showcasing the talented women in our tribe. Chahta Ohoyo Imponna at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is one small way we can show our appreciation for gifted Choctaw women while also sharing their gifts with a larger audience.”

The artwork on display includes pieces from Karen Clarkson, Courtney Sisneros, Connie Phillips and Gwen Coleman Lester. Clarkson creates both traditional and contemporary art, focusing mainly on portraits. She received the Arizona Governor’s Choice Award in 2024. Sisneros is a Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma associate who teaches the Choctaw Language in Durant. She experiments with multiple mediums, including painting, pottery and digital art.

Phillips explores Choctaw heritage in much of her work, often focusing on Choctaw women or the natural beauty of the land Choctaw Nation encompasses. She works with ceramics, leather, photography, acrylics, pastels, watercolor and oils. Coleman Lester takes inspiration from Choctaw history and culture, aiming to represent an accurate depiction of the culture. She works in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink, and was Master Artist at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum’s annual art competition in 2007.

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