Five Civilized Tribes Museum hosting McAlister exhibit

02/20/2020 04:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Barbara McAlister
MUSKOGEE – The Five Civilized Tribes Museum in February is hosting a retrospective exhibit of Barbara McAlister, a Cherokee Nation citizen and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer.

In addition to her career as an opera and concert soloist, the Muskogee native is a renowned Native American visual artist, painting in the Bacone style of flat-style Native painting from Prairie, Plains and Eastern tribes.

Along with the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, her paintings have been shown at the Jacobson House in Oklahoma City, the Wharton Art Gallery in Philadelphia and Bullock’s in Los Angeles, with many now in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

“We are excited to be exhibiting the works of a Muskogee legend with an international reputation. Many people are unaware of Barbara’s art work.” Sean Barney, Five Civilized Tribes executive director, said. “It is interesting to find out that she was a visual artist far before she was a performing artist.”

With 2020 being a leap year, the museum is displaying McAlister’s works from Feb. 1-29. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday.

McAlister’s international career was launched when she won the Loren Zachary Competition in Los Angeles. She performed the dramatic mezzo-soprano repertoire in the opera houses of Passau, Koblenz, Bremerhaven and Flensburg in Germany, as well as in Monte Carlo, Cannes, Modena, Ferrara, Paris, Lisbon and Hong Kong. She toured France with the New Bulgarian Opera as Ortrud in Lohengrin and as the mezzo soloist in the Verdi Requiem. She was also the recipient of the NY Wagner Society Grant.

McAlister has been heard as a soloist in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall, appearing with such prominent orchestras as the Houston Symphony, the Dusseldorf Symphony, and the Symphony in Passau. She has given recitals for the Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Program and the Oklahoma State Arts Council Touring Program, singing opera arias and Native American songs in the Cherokee language.

In 2013, McAlister was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee and was given a key to the city in 2019.

McAlister has also been under contract for nearly 10 years with the CN as a fine arts instructor teaching classical voice, and her classes typically number 18-20 students. And in 2019, she received a Governor’s Arts Award for long-standing leadership and contributions in the arts.

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