Collections Spotlight with Sean Standing Bear

by | Nov 16, 2021 | America Meredith, Coe Collaborations, Collections Programming

Experience artist Sean Standing Bear as he hosts COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT on November 16, 2021.

Sean Standing Bear is an oral historian and well-respected consultant on Osage history and traditions. Standing Bear is the son of George Eugene Standing Bear and a descendant of Chief Fred Lookout, the last hereditary chief of the Osage. 


He is from an esteemed family of political and cultural leaders. His cultural understanding comes from a unique perspective shaped by long conversations with his grandmother Mary Nora Lookout Standing Bear. Standing Bear has spent years studying the Osage Nation Museum collection and is knowledgeable about the donor collections and early inventories conducted by the Stovall Museum, Norman, OK, during the 1960s. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, during the 1970s and earned an A.A. at Rogers State College, Claremore. He was a primary consultant for the Art of the Osage exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum.

COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT a program developed in partnership with First American Art Magazine is an interactive, online monthly experience that brings together diverse scholars and Native artists who select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss. The virtual Zoom format also brings together attendees from diverse regions. Attendee questions are accepted throughout the experience via chat, and at the end opened to audio.

These events are free and open to the general public. Watch past Collections Spotlight events, on the Coe Center YouTube channel here.

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