Bobby C. Martin is an artist/educator/facilitator deeply influenced by his Native American heritage. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Martin works out of his 7 Springs Studio near West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, and creates artworks that are exhibited and collected internationally. He has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, the most recent being a one-person exhibition entitled But You Don’t Look Indian…, shown in multiple venues in Arkansas. His current project, Altars of Reconciliation, is a three-person show featuring Martin, Erin Shaw (Chickasaw) and Tony Tiger (Sac & Fox/Muscogee/Seminole) that focuses on the experiences of the artists as Native Americans and as Christians, and was on display at the Seminole Nation Museum until January 2020.
His most recent curatorial project is a works on paper group show entitled Borders & Boundaries: The Blurred Edges of Decolonisation, co-curated with Robert Peters from Belfast, Northern Ireland. A national touring exhhibition Martin co-curated with Tony Tiger, Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art, recently concluded in 2018 after a 3-year, 10-venue run across the southeastern United States.
Martin’s work is in numerous museum collections, including the Philbrook Museum and Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Museum of the Great Plains in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Oklahoma. Martin currently holds a Professor of Visual Arts position at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and he frequently leads printmaking workshops and artist retreats at his studio and at various museums and art centers around the world.