Ataloa Lodge Receives Donation of Acee Blue Eagle Collection

September 23, 2010

janetvaughtaceeblueeagledonation.jpgMs. Janet Vaught of San Angelo, TX, recently contacted John Timothy, Cultural Interpreter at Bacone’s Ataloa Lodge, to inquire about a donation of glassware with original artwork by famed American Indian Artist, Acee Blue Eagle.  The collection includes 8 porcelain plates, 8 frosted glass tumblers, a frosted glass pitcher, and a wooden tray.

The Knox Industries (Knox Oil) commissioned Blue Eagle to produce eight paintings to be reproduced on 15 oz tumblers in 1959.  They were given to customers who purchased 10 gallons of gas or more.  The collection was known as the Famous Oklahoma Indians set and included 8 tumblers, 1 pitcher, and the wooden tray.

Blue Eagle was the great-grandson of Roley McIntosh, Chief of the Creeks for 31 years.  He attended Nuyaka Indian School near Bristow, Oklahoma from 1916-1922, then later attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.  He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma in 1931 to study Fine Art with Professors Edith Mahier and Oscar Jacobson.  During this time, Acee acquired international fame and recognition for his talent.  A prolific artist, Acee printed murals in the early 1930’s for the U.S. Government.  He painted murals for the Coalgate Post Office, Central State College in Edmond, OK, Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, the Carnegie Library in Muskogee, and the Seminole Post Office.

In the summer of 1935 Blue Eagle lectured on Indian art, dance, and song at Oxford University as well as other European universities.  When he returned from his continental tour, he became Art Director at Bacone College.  While here, Blue Eagle played a key role in fostering what later became known as the Baconian Era in Indian Art.  He resigned this post in 1938 to pursue his art full time.

To learn more about this collection, and the many more that are at Ataloa Lodge, contact John Timothy, at timothyj@bacone.edu.