Meredith, America

America Meredith is a Swedish-Cherokee artist, editing publisher, independent curator, and educator living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. Meredith founded of First American Art Magazine, a periodical devoted to the arts of Indigenous peoples of the Americas, to expand discussion about Native art history and theory. Meredith is also an associate publisher at Noksi Press, a Cherokee-language publishing company, and serves on the board of the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council, a grassroots organization serving the rural Cherokee communities of northeastern Oklahoma. Meredith’s artwork blends historical styles from Native America and Europe with imagery from pop culture. Her influences range from Mississippian shell engravings, TV cartoons, and the Bacone style of painting. The Cherokee language and syllabary figure prominently in her work, as it is the strongest visual imagery unique to her tribe. She creates pen and ink drawings, fumage (smoke art), monotypes, and linoleum block printing, but her primary focus is painting—in acrylic, egg tempera, gouache, and watercolor. America earned her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. She has shown throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe, including the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Design and the United Nations Headquarters. In the last 18 years, she won numerous awards at the Heard Museum, SWAIA's Indian Market, the Cherokee Heritage Center, Red Cloud, and other competitive shows. She was a National Museum of the American Indian artist fellow in 2009, won the IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Contemporary Native American Arts in 2007, and was voted SF Weekly’s Painter of the Year in 2006. She taught at the Santa Fe Community College, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Cherokee Art History section of the Cherokee Clemente Course in the Humanities.

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