Raven Halfmoon (b. 1991, Caddo Nation) lives and works in Norman, Oklahoma. Halfmoon attended the University of Arkansas, where she earned a double BA in ceramics/painting and cultural anthropology. The artist's work has been featured in gallery exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Raven Halfmoon's work is currently on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the artist's first institutional exhibition, entitled “Raven Halfmoon: The Flags of Our Mothers”, which will travel to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in May 2024. Halfmoon has recently participated in long-term artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and California State University’s Long Beach Center for Contemporary Ceramics (CSULBC CCC). Her work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Fine Art Houston (Houston, TX), Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI), Arkansas Museum of Fine Art (Little Rock, AR), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS), Beth DeWoody Collection (West Palm Beach, FL), John Horseman Foundation for American Art (St. Louis, MO), and Forge Project Collection (Taghkanic, NY).
"In my work, I explore themes of 'the other', or cultural appropriation and history. I hope to create awareness and address issues that move people who share a similar story. Through my installations, I want to tell a story both of how one understands self and culture, but also what defines these ideals in America today. I create work that is large and powerful. I build sculptures that demand to be heard and experienced. I have always found large-scale sculpture powerful because it creates urgency in the viewer. I want to make a work that takes all the space in a room, and one where eyes cannot be diverted from it. I remain a steadfast researcher and learner about my ancestors and our history. The Caddo people have always been renowned for ceramics, and I am just taking my place in that tradition. I feel it is my duty to continue this legacy of sharing information through craft and clay. It is necessary for me to continue a tradition of making, telling and sharing history."
— Raven Halfmoon