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ARROWHEAD ART COLLECTION
Okesa II, 2010
Oil on panel
The word Okesa means "halfway" in the Osage Language. "Okesa II" becomes a metaphorical landscape where place, names and symbols communicate an ever-changing landscape. The use of layered imagery, including the physical landscape, a superimposed road map, and the elk from tribal mythology, are combined to represent a uniquely Osage sense of place. Akers creates paintings where tribal tradition and history are present and continue to strengthen his connection to home.
Akers earned a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 1982. Since 2009, he has served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas.