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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Immigrant Women Artists in Oklahoma

In 2020, oral historian Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, received an Archie Green Fellowship to document the work-related experiences of "Immigrant Women Artists in Oklahoma." The collection features in-depth interviews with 10 professional women artists who have immigrated to Oklahoma from Asia, Europe, and Latin America and explores how they have reestablished themselves and are making their livings as artists in their new homeland. Those interviewed include painters, multimedia artists, photographers, printmakers and a dancer/choreographer; their countries of origin include Pakistan, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Venezuela and Iran. The collection also contains an interview with an Ethiopian-born photographer who is familiar with the artists and their contributions to local culture through his work as a cultural development officer for the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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