Weatherford Living

Local artist Carolyn Young recognized by Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Artist Carolyn Young of Weatherford was recently honored by the tribal Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Young, a tribal member, was recognized with an award for her original work made of clay at the 11th Annual Choctaw Indian Arts Show and Sale. The event was held at the Choctaw Nation Capitol Museum during the Choctaw Labor Day Festival in Tushka Homma, Okla., Aug. 28 - Sept. 1.

Young’s work “Plenty to Share” took the second place award in the ceramics category. Pieces by Young were also inducted into the collections of the Capitol Museum and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in September.

Young currently resides in Weatherford and attended Tarrant County College and the Arrowmont School of Art. Her works have been included in shows including The Red Earth Festival, Best Texas Clay, Texas Artists Coalition Juried Show, ACRE Las Vegas, and Peach Festival Art Show. Images of her pottery have been published in Weatherford Now Magazine and the Weatherford Star Telegram. She is part of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s tribal artist registry and now shows her work at tribal events in Texas.

The Choctaw Indian Arts show and Sale requires documentation of tribal membership. It currently features seven categories of participation and special recognition with three annual Heritage Awards, a Best of Show, and a People’s Choice Award. The show is a judged and juried show with a panel of three distinguished judges each year. This year’s judges were Alvina Ralls of The Country Framer and Gallery in Durant, OK, Tracy Shannon Bever, Arts Specialist from Davis, OK and Senior Heritage Technician Olin Williams of the Choctaw Nation Historic Preservation Division selected 106 works by 42 artists to be included in the show.

To learn more about Choctaw arts and culture, visit the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Cultural Services Division website at