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 Lois Smoky  (1907 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma      Known for: figure, animal-Indian symbolism

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
She was the only woman in a highly talented group of Kiowa Indian artists encouraged in 1917 by Susan Peters, from the Anadarko Indian Agency in Oklahoma. In 1927, Lois joined the others in this group and lived and painted in Norman at the University of Oklahoma.  They were especially encouraged by Professor Oscar Jacobson, head of the art school, and in the 1930s, the group became internationally known for the bold style and knowledge of Native American ways.

Following her painting career she focused on bead work, establishing a reputation in that area.

American Women Artists
by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
Additional information courtesy of Alvin Turner

Biography from Adobe Gallery:
"Lois [Bou-ge-tah] Smoky was one of the Five Kiowas who received special art training at the University of Oklahoma.  It has long been customary among the Plains Indians that women not draw or paint in a representational style.  Because of this feeling, Smoky fought some resentment on the part of the Kiowa group at the University.  Although her family, renowned as warriors, became well known as craftsmen, Smokey's art career was brief. She married and devoted herself fulltime to her husband and family." -Snodgrass 1968.

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