In the mid-1960s, Ms. Massey worked with Mrs. Stewart Udall, the wife of the Secretary of the Interior, to create an art gallery in the U.S. Department of the Interior building, a gallery run by the Center for Arts of Indian America. Ms. Massey helped establish a biennial competitive exhibition of Native American arts and other special exhibits.
Throughout her government career, Ms. Massey continued to create her own art. She drew inspiration both from her own Cherokee heritage and from the work of other artists with whom she came into contact. Ms. Massey was especially interested in experimenting with modern applications of traditional Native American motifs, and did much of her work in screen prints and textiles.
Native American Artists of the Southeast was developed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Museum Program, September 2016.
Shannon Stiles, Staff Curator
Annie Pardo, Museum Program Manager
(with assistance from the summer intern)
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