Laura Marshall Clark
Laura Marshall Clark (Creek) is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee Nation and scholar, published author, editor, independent curator and Native business owner. She currently manages all aspects of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art touring exhibition, now exhibiting at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Arts (MoCNA). Clark earned her BA in political science at East Central University (ECU) in Ada, OK, and a MA in Native American Studies with a focus in Indigenous arts and media from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman.
Clark was reared among artists of the Five Civilized Tribes in Muskogee, OK, the art influences of Bacone College and an early education in painting, creative writing and other arts disciplines. After years in the corporate arena, Clark re-entered the world of Native American arts and culture, “coming full circle,” as she describes it, at the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities in Ada, OK, as manager of humanities and literary arts and instructor in the Chickasaw Arts Academy. Today, her scholarly research and writing align with projects of her management consulting company, WildHorse Consulting, LLC, serving Native American fine arts, education, tribal initiatives and businesses.
Laura Marshall Clark’s research project, titled Morphologies: IAIA and the Art of Native Oklahoma, will examine the influence between IAIA and Oklahoma artists; and how they have been intertwined with one another from the start. The Research Fellowship will run from October through December 2019. During her residency at IAIA, she will participate in public presentations and classroom lectures, and will contribute materials from her research to the IAIA Archives.
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