Oklahoma Art in Public Places Project: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I (1914-1918)

The Oklahoma Arts Council, in partnership with the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, is pleased to announce a call for artists for a painting commemorating the Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I for an Oklahoma Art in Public Places project at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The artwork will be placed in the west hallway of the second floor, in an area proposed as the "Hall of Heroes." The vision for this project is a historically accurate representation of a group of World War I-era Choctaw Code Talkers in uniform. The artist selected for this project will receive $15,000 to create the painting.

About the Choctaw Code Talkers

The use of Native American languages by the U.S. military as a means of transmitting messages was adopted during World War I. At a time when Native Americans were still not citizens and did not have the right to vote, thousands of men from tribal communities nationwide volunteered to fight in the war. Among them, 19 members of the Choctaw Nation have been documented as the first to use their language for the U.S. military as a "code" to transmit messages the enemy was unable to understand. The practice became so successful that members of the Choctaw Nation and other tribes later served with distinction using Native languages in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


This opportunity is open to all artists living full-time in Oklahoma. Artists who are veterans or enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are strongly encouraged to participate.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2021.


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December 1, 2021, 6:00:00 AM

Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma