Art Student Inspired By Red Road

Michael Elizondo draws from family history for his senior art show, "Following the Red Road," which opens Friday, May 2, at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural and Heritage Center.

The OBU student's display will show pieces reflecting his perspective on the Red Road experience. The display runns May 2-9. Elizondo will host a gallery reception May 2, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

"The Red Road is a common inter-tribal Native American term that is used for road of life," said Elizondo. "This road is what gives us our true identity. It is the road that holds our old traditions, customs and ceremonies."

Elizondo hopes to portray his personal outlook and journey of the Red Road and its impact on him and his ancestors over many generations.

"I want all my viewers to feel the experience of my inspirations, fascinations, ancestral backgrounds, hard times and happy times that come and go while walking on the Red Road," said Elizondo.

Throughout the process of creating his exhibit, the Mustang resident appreciated the support and feedback that the OBU art department provided.

"OBU's art department has been inspirational with the feedback everyone shares with one another and the encouraging words that everyone has given me," said Elizondo.

The art exhibit fulfills part of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in art.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural and Heritage Center is located at 1601 Gordon Cooper Drive in Shawnee.

The schedule of senior art students' exhibitions will conclude May 7-16 with the works of Lauren Aycock displayed in the OBU Art Gallery in the university's art building at the corner of Kickapoo and Midland in Shawnee.