Akers, Norman 1958-
AKERS, Norman 1958-
PERSONAL: Born October 25, 1958, in Fairfax, OK. Education: Kansas City Art Institute, B.F.A., 1982; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, certificate of museum training, 1983; University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, M.F.A., 1991.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
CAREER: Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, intern, 1983; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, affiliated with collections inventory, 1987; University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, visiting assistant professor of art and design, 1991-93; Institute of American Indian Arts, visiting artist, 1993; Bacone College, Pawhuska, OK, adjunct professor. Painter, with work exhibited in group shows throughout the United States, including Pembroke State University, Krannert Art Museum, Tribal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Peace Museum at Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Goshen College of Art, and Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL; paintings represented in collections at U.S. Department of the Interior, Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Southern Plains Indian Museum and Crafts Center, and White Hair Memorial Resource Center.
AWARDS, HONORS: First place Award, SWAIA Indian Market, 1985; first place, Scottsdale Indian Arts and Crafts Exhibition, 1987.
Southern Plains Indian Museum and Crafts Center, [Anadarko, OK], 1986.
Also author (with others) of "6th Native American Fine Arts Invitational" (exhibition booklet), Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), 1994.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 6-8.
Albuquerque Journal, July 28, 1985, John Arnold, "Governor's Gallery Goes American Indian."
Journal North, August 14, 1986, David Bell, "Quality Marks Exhibition of Indian Artists' Work."
New Mexican, August 15, 1985, Michael Roth, "Artist Says, 'Painting Is a Performance.'"
Pasatiempo, April 20, 1984, Deborah Phillips, "Artists Seek out the Spiritual Underpinnings of Life."*
* indicates that a listing has been compiled from secondary sources believed to be reliable, but has not been personally verified for this edition by the author sketched.