The Four Moons Academic Awards Poster

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Academic Awards Program


“September Moon,” by Cree artist Betty Albert of Southern Ontario, Canada, is featured on the commemorative poster for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 2019 Academic Awards Banquet. Posters will be available at the banquet or can be purchased for $20 each, including shipping, by contacting the foundation at (405) 236-0006 after May 18.

The Four Moons Academic Awards Poster

“September Moon,” an acrylic on canvas painting by Canadian First Nations artist Betty Albert, has been selected for the commemorative poster for the 33rd annual Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet.

“Each year, the foundation creates a poster featuring a Native American-themed painting to present to its Academic All-State and Medal for Excellence winners,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “We are grateful to Betty Albert for sharing her beautiful painting for our poster. The image of a Native American woman reaching into the night sky toward a brilliant star fits perfectly with this year’s banquet theme, ‘Shoot for the Stars.’”

Albert was adopted and raised by French Canadian parents in Northern Ontario. Circumstances eventually brought her back to her Native American father, Lindy Louttit, and discovering her birthright as a Cree.  She has spent nearly three decades expressing her spiritual and cultural journey through her painting. Having moved and been inspired by living throughout Northern Ontario, Manitoba and parts of Western Canada, she now resides in Southern Ontario and continues to work as an artist, teacher, and healer to empower native and non-native people through ceremony, art and traditional healing.

Albert’s business, Wabimeguil Art Studio, distributes art throughout North America. Like many Cree people, Albert is inspired by her dreams in her life and work. She discovered that her dream people were faceless, and this is evident in some of her work. Her art invites viewers to experience tradition, action and deep spirituality. Through her painting, Albert expresses not only her own growth in spirituality, but also encourages people to experience the peace she represents in her art.

The 2019 Academic Awards Banquet commemorative poster, designed by Daren Shepherd of Southwestern Printing, will be available at the Academic Awards Banquet or can be purchased for $20 each, including shipping, by contacting the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006 after May 18.