Artist, curator, art critic, and editor, America Meredith is enrolled in the Cherokee Nation and based in Norman, Oklahoma. As an artist, she explores the intersections between language and image, between Native and non-Native cultures, and between humans and other living beings.
The Cherokee language and syllabary figure prominently in her work, as they are the strongest visual imagery unique to Meredith's tribe. Her visual vocabulary draws from the Bacone Flatstyle of painting, the Arts and Crafts movement, 1960s cartoons, European medieval manuscript illumination, and Mississippian shell engravings.
She works in pen and ink, fumage, serigraphy, monotype printing, and linoleum block printmaking, but her primary focus is painting – in acrylic, egg tempera, gouache, and watercolor.
Meredith earned her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. She has exhibited throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, and Asia. She has won numerous awards at Native art markets and shows. She was the 2018 Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University, won the 2018 Cherokee National Historical Society Contemporary Achievement Award, was a 2009 Artist Fellow of the National Museum of the American Indian, won the 2007 IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Contemporary Native American Arts, and was voted San Francisco Weekly’s 2006 Painter of the Year.