The founder and creative force behind Big Rain Gallery, Addie Roanhorse is a multidisciplinary artist residing on the Osage Nation Reservation, a place rooted in artistic expression.
The daughter and mother of artists, Roanhorse identifies as a conduit of history to future generations in order to protect and preserve Indigenous culture.
As an artist, photographer and graphic designer, much of her work crosses disciplines resulting in mixed media and serigraph printing. Roanhorse holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts and Graphic Design. Early work can be seen at Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Osage Nation Foundation Pendleton Blanket and the Momentary in Bentonville, AR. While working as the senior graphic designer for Osage Nation, Roanhorse created culturally relevant branding, public health messages throughout the pandemic and also served as interim director at the Osage Nation Museum.
Most recently, her practice expanded into film when she was appointed by Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear as the Osage Nation Ambassador for the movie “Killers of the Flower Moon” directed by Martin Scorsese. Roanhorse continues to work alongside the film’s art department as the production designer’s assistant, graphic artist and consultant. This work has placed Roanhorse at the forefront of groundbreaking Indigenous representation advancing in the entertainment industry today.
As an entrepreneur deeply committed to supporting Native artists, she owns the Big Rain Gallery in Pawhuska, OK. Big Rain Gallery is focused on providing and holding space for Native artists to tell their own stories.