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Addie Roanhorse

The founder and creative force behind Big Rain Gallery. She is an Osage artist specializing in mixed media and graphic design.

Starting with her early exposure to art from both her parents, she has developed a passion throughout her life for mixed media paintings.

After building her love for art at such a young age, Roanhorse later pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. Through her educational pursuits, she found her voice expressed in translation of her own indigenous Osage culture into professional graphic design. She was employed by the Osage Nation of Oklahoma as their Senior Graphic Designer for five years. Most recently, she worked in the art department of the movie production for Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon”. During filming, she assisted with integration of Osage art and culture as well as historical components into the overall design used in the movie.

Roanhorse works with architects and museum developers to implement her original, historically relevant, two-dimensional design artwork across the three-dimensional glazing of the build environment. Some of her work can be viewed at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Osage Foundation Pendleton Blanket and the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas.  As the first artist project commissioned for #themomentary, Addie created design elements for the building that are inspired by traditional Osage attire and pay homage to the history of the land around the Momentary. The designed patterns will be worked into all of the building’s new glass in the entryway, loading dock, and elevator tower glass, playing a functional role in filtering light.

Currently, Roanhorse is a resident of the Osage Nation Reservation in northeastern Oklahoma where her daughter, Anya, has begun to follow in her creative footsteps.

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