OKLAHOMA CITY – A Bricktown-area tourism organization has plans to open an art gallery and retail space this spring.
Chickasaw Country officials announced construction on the new Exhibit C art gallery and retail space begins this week at their current 1 E. Sheridan location in Oklahoma City.
Exhibit C will continue the vision of raising awareness of the many cultural and entertainment experiences in south-central Oklahoma set forth by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.
“Opening of this new gallery and retail space marks another significant step in our efforts to promote tourism in Chickasaw Country and throughout Oklahoma,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “Exhibit C offers a great venue to feature the diversity in arts and culture that are an integral part of the attraction Oklahoma holds for visitors from around the world. We believe this new space offers an opportunity for Chickasaw artists to connect with the thousands of visitors to Oklahoma City who have a genuine interest in Native American Culture.”
Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce director of tourism, said Exhibit C adds to an already robust list of merchants she has called neighbors since the Bricktown office location opened in 2010.
The art gallery will be the first in the district and offer authentic pieces of artwork by Chickasaws typically not available in the immediate area.
“The pieces offered at Exhibit C will be hand-crafted from Chickasaw citizens, giving tourists the chance to take home an authentic memory of their visit to our state,” Williams said.
Exhibit C’s art gallery will feature works from Chickasaw artists, with a new artist featured every four months. The retail shop will offer for purchase Chickasaw artisan works such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing, the full line of Bedré Fine Chocolate, books from Chickasaw Press as well as Chickasaw Country-branded items. Exhibit C also will function as a tourism information center for Bricktown visitors interested in Chickasaw Country.
Oklahoma City-based Design+Build Group has been selected as the lead contractor for the project.
Construction on the 7,000-square-foot facility began this week and completion is expected this summer.