featured artist – roy boney jr.

Roy Boney, Jr., ᎧᏂᎦ ᎪᎳᎭ, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Boney, a celebrated and awarded artist and writer, is devoted to the cause of revitalizing the Cherokee language. His work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous language and culture with art and technology. He has exhibited and contributed artwork and articles to Gilcrease Museum, Oxford University Press, the University of Oklahoma Press, Marvel Comics, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Oklahoma Today, Indian Country Today, Native Peoples and First American Art Magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts in studio art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a research fellow at the Sequoyah Research Center. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of multimedia design and Cherokee language technology at Northeastern State University. He currently is the Cherokee language program manager for the language department of the Cherokee Nation. In 2022, he was the only person to be designated a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum.

“ᏚᏙᎠ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ (Her Name is Wild Rose)” depicts a Deer Woman as a Cherokee Female Seminary student.