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Richard Whitman

as Joe Carlton


Richard Ray Whitman is an internationally acclaimed artist, photographer and actor. He has appeared in numerous films. In 2009, he was in three films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, two features, Barking Water and The Only Good Indian, and the documentary We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee 1973. Whitman is an internationally acclaimed artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Continuum 12 exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Venice Biennale in Italy, the national touring exhibition Honor the Earth—Impacted Nations and Artrain USA’s Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture. Whitman’s work has been published in magazines including Native Peoples and American Indian Art, and featured in books including Strong Hearts from the photography publisher Aperture.

Whitman has been an Artist in Residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council, teaching art in public and alternative schools. He has taught art through the Indian Youth Council and the youth-at-risk program at the Native American Center in Oklahoma City, and has worked with youthful offenders, teaching art as rehabilitative therapy as a visiting artist in several state corrections institutions. He attended the Oklahoma School of photography, California Institute of the Arts, and graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1970. In 1973 he participated at Wounded Knee, an experience that expanded his vision of his role as an artist and tribal citizen. Whitman grew up in Gypsy, Oklahoma. He belongs to the Euchee Tribe of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

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