Jerry Ingram is an Award-Winning Choctaw /Cherokee Artist from Battiest, Oklahoma now living in Ilfeld, New Mexico, just east of Santa Fe. Alumni of IAIA (Institute of American Indian Art), Jerry continued his education, receiving his BA from Oklahoma State Tech. He majored in commercial art, a field in which he worked for 20 years. Currently he is a self-employed wax carver, beader and quill-worker. He has even gone back to occasionally teach beading classes at IAIA. Ingram has always been interested in Native American Dress and Art, especially the beaded and quilled decorations. His own tribe has left very little in the way of beaded items so he concentrated his art based on the work of the Plains and Plateau Indians during the mid to late 1800's. Jerry's aim in his work is authenticity and detail, using traditional methods, techniques and materials that were available during that time period.
"I have been influenced by the work of Blackbear Bosin, Allen Houser, and the Indian Artists and craftsmen of the 1800's. During the 1960's and VO's while working in commercial art I did a variety of paintings with Native American Indians as subject matter. In order to insure accuracy in my portrayals I began to teach myself beadwork and quillwork, making replicas of historic beadwork, dressing models in them and painting from them. After many years of making beadwork and quillwork for my own use I began to display and sell the work along with my paintings," Jerry explains.
Although he has been on a long hiatus with his painting work for the last few years, he continued to do beadwork and quillwork and win awards through local art shows; SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Art Market, as well as winning the Smithsonian's Native Artist Fellowship in 2002. In 2004 he was also the recipient of the SWAIA Fellowship Award. He is also open to do commissions for individuals, performances, fashion shows and movie productions. Jerry Ingram's paintings and bead/quill work are in the collections of several museums, institutions, public and private collections. Some of his clothing and weapons have been featured in the film "Pow Wow Highway". 2009 marks the return to his painting. Mr. Ingram's new work will be on display at Santa Fe Indian Market, Cherokee Art Market, and Native Treasures; among other art shows across the country.