Art Exhibitions at Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity

Of Influence: Portraits of Cherokee People

Dec. 1—Jan. 27 (In-person exhibit)

Ranging from 1845 to the 1960s, this portrait collection presents people of influence in the Cherokee tribe. From Cherokee leader and Confederate Colonel William Penn Adair to photographer Jennie Ross Cobb, these photographs illuminate Cherokee individuals and their roles within their tribe and communities.

Many images in this exhibit show the actual size of the original photograph alongside an enlarged version. The photographic record on its own can serve a variety of purposes. Originally, photographs provided families with a permanent, visual record of loved ones. Today, historians value historic photographs because they add a level of actual truth to our understanding of history. For example, we don’t assume to know what people wore in 1865. Instead, we are certain of what they wore because of the evidence in a photograph. Zooming in on a photograph, one can also examine items such as, clothing and furniture, in detail.

This exhibit unwittingly shows the evolution of photography. With increasing accessibility and ease of process, the subject matter of these portraits changes from featuring predominately wealthy individuals to average students.

About Art Exhibitions

The Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity specializes in group exhibitions that are a component of multi-disciplinary or multi-faceted projects, with a special focus on groups that are underrepresented or underserved. We do not accept proposals for solo exhibitions. If your organization is interested in the possibility of exhibiting with us, email Annina Collier at We frequently issue open calls for exhibitions; email Cindy Barton at to be notified of future open calls.