n early 2016 I resolved to create more sculptural work. After more than 20 years as a potter, both hands developed chronic tendinitis; so it became more and more painful to wedge, center, & throw.

There was not a question in my mind that I would continue creating in clay – I just needed to find a way to work without the wheel.

Totem sticks were my first attempt at wall sculpture in early 2016. As they evolve, they have become dear to my heart. Each one is unique, yet they are all related.

You will also see figurative sculpture along with hand-built vessel forms. These forms are new this year and are helping me stretch to new heights, while still featuring my signature sgraffito work.

I am thrilled that working in clay continues to feed my soul. The adventure rolls on and I can hardly wait to see where it leads.

Tikba Ihiya (Keep moving forward!)

Selected Art Competitions, Exhibitions, and Awards

• 2018 CMG Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, May 4 – May 29
Carolyn Bernard Young: Letting Go of the Wheel
• 2018 : Ikbi: Chickasaws and Choctaws Sharing Our History and Culture through Art
Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, May 21 – Sept 22
• 2018 Sculpting Cultures: Southeast and Southwest Native Pottery
Chickasaw Museum, Sulphur, OK March 19 – Sept 2
• 2017 Santa Fe Indian Market
• 2017 Ruidoso Art Market
3rdPlace “Long Night in the Valley”
• 2017 Red Earth Festival
1stPlace Contemporary Pottery: A Warrior’s Prayer
2ndPlace Sculpture: Healing Magic of a Teacher
• 2017 Solo Exhibition – Red Earth Art Center, OKC, OK “In the Spotlight: Carolyn Bernard Young – Spirits Rising”
Red Earth Museum, Oklahoma City Apr 3 – May 30
• 2017 Heard Museum Indian Market, Phoenix, AZ
• 2016 Choctaw Indian Art Show, Sept. 2-4, Tuskahoma, Oklahoma
1stPlace “Spirits Rising”
2ndPlace “LuksitChukfiIttimayahII” (Terrapin Races Rabbit II)
• 2016 EiteljorgMuseum Indian Art Festival, June 24-26, Indianapolis, IN
3rdPlace in Contemporary Pottery for “Rising Spirits”
• 2016 Red Earth, June 10-12, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1stPlace Contemporary Pottery -  “Terrapin Races Rabbit II”
• 2016 Five Civilized Tribes Museum, April 3-30, Muskogee, Oklahoma
1stPlace in Pottery for “TanampoChitto” (Big Gun)
2ndPlace in Pottery for “LuksitChukfiIttimayah” (Terrapin Races Rabbit)
• 2016 Trail of Tears Art Show, Cherokee Heritage Center & Museum, April 9-May 7, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Honorable Mention for “Tiny Warrior”
• 2016 Greater Tulsa Indian Art Market, February 5-7, Glenpool, Oklahoma
3rdPlace in Pottery for “Big Gun”
People’s Choice Award
• 2015 Solo Exhibition – Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK
Carolyn Bernard Young:  Through My Mother’s Eyes, Aug 28 – Oct 24
• 2015 Cherokee Art Market
3rdPlace in Contemporary Pottery for “Joyful Flight”
• 2015 Red Earth Festival
3rdPlace in Contemporary Pottery for “Flight”
• 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market – August 22-23 Santa Fe, NM
• 2014 Choctaw Indian Art Show – September 4-7 Tuskahoma, Oklahoma
2ndPlace for “Plenty to Share”

Public Collections:

• Red Earth Museum in Oklahoma City, permanent collection, “Big Gun”
• Choctaw Nationpermanent collection, Durant, Oklahoma, “Plenty to Share”
• Choctaw Nation Museum permanent collection, Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, “Summer by the River”


• January 2018 – Weatherford Star Telegram front page news feature
• October 2017 – Voyage Dallas Magazine feature article
• August 2017 – Women Rising featured in Santa Feanmagazine for Worrell Gallery
• May 2017 - Rising Spirits are featured on the cover page for the Museum & Gallery Guide section of Oklahoma City’s 405 Magazine
• February 2017 –  100 Most Interesting People, Parker County Today Magazine
• November 2015 – Feature Article, “Studio of Dreams”, Parker County Today Magazine
• August 2015 – Feature Article, The Anadarko Daily News
• August 2015 – Feature Article, The Lawton Constitution
• June 2015 – Feature Article, Choctaw Nation Biskinik
• May 2015 – Video interview, Choctaw Nation
• Dec. 2013 Featured Artist – Arts Business Institute
• Oct. 2013 Cover Article – Weatherford NowMagazine