Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw Nation) is a contemporary artist and champion of women’s empowerment around the world, now showing at Glenn Green Galleries in Santa Fe.
Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw Nation) is a contemporary artist and champion of women’s empowerment around the world. Born in Oklahoma City, Kingery earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and history from the University of Oklahoma. She attended graduate school at Ryukyus University in Okinawa and completed a master’s degree in arts from the University of Oklahoma.
Brenda Kingery’s paintings, described as Narrative Symbolism, reflect her history, experiences, and the way she sees her environment. She sees life in a series of patterns that can almost be described as visual tapestries—full of as many as twenty-five thin, overlapping layers. The goal is to create paintings full of life’s breath and boundless energy but are also exacting. She combines complementary opposites. Every culture gathers for song and dance. In that movement, she tries to capture time.
Kingery returned to Okinawa, where she taught drawing, painting, and Okinawan cultural history for the University of Maryland’s Far East Division. She later settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she taught at San Antonio College. Her artwork has been displayed in private, corporate, and public collections around the world and is part of numerous permanent collections.
Kingery is the founding member of Threads of Blessing International, an organization that teaches textile art and design to women in developing countries to use their Indigenous artistic skills. In 2007, Kingery was appointed by the president of the United States to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her efforts to empower women around the world led to her being named the Dynamic Woman of the Year for the Chickasaw Nation in 2017. Kingery’s paintings will be exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris in October 2022. A video created in conjunction with her solo exhibition at the Cahoon Museum of American Art can be found here.
Glenn Green Galleries, a commanding presence in the art community for fifty-six years, has raised the art experience to a whole new level. The Sculpture Garden and Gallery—just a short distance from the Santa Fe Plaza in Tesuque—displays art the way it ought to be seen, in a spacious and beautiful setting.
The purpose of the move from downtown Santa Fe was to feature more sculptures in natural surroundings. In addition to the garden, the five-and-a-half-acre property includes a large, elegant gallery.
The art found outside and inside covers a range of world-class artists whose sculpture, painting, basketry, prints, photography, and jewelry represent the finest in artistic expression. Consider these: the sculpture of Melanie Yazzie, Khang Pham-New, Allan Houser, and Eduardo Oropeza, the paintings of Brenda Kingery, Melanie Yazzie, Kenji Yoshida, and the Rainforest Basketry of the Wounaan Tribe. The gallery exhibits the work of more than forty outstanding artists with an emphasis on contemporary genres.