Nesbitt Gallery exhibits works of Chickasha native Dylan Cavin

Oklahoma Winds is one of several works by Chickasha native and acclaimed artist Dylan Cavin that will be on display at the Nesbitt Gallery at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The gallery will celebrate the show’s opening with an artist’s reception beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the gallery.

Nesbitt Gallery exhibits works of Chickasha native Dylan Cavin


Chickasha native and acclaimed artist Dylan Cavin will be on hand for the opening reception of a new exhibition of his paintings. The reception is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Nesbitt Gallery, which is located on the first floor of Davis Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The show runs through Feb. 13.

Cavin graduated from USAO with a bachelor of fine arts in 2000.

Layne Thrift, the gallery’s director, is excited for the opportunity to display Cavin’s work in the gallery.

“Since graduating from USAO, Dylan Cavin has truly worked his way up as an artist,” Thrift said. “I first saw Dylan’s work about a year-and-a-half ago and I immediately talked with him about doing a solo exhibit here in the Nesbitt Gallery. I am fortunate to say that Dylan took me up on that offer.

“If I had to describe Dylan’s artwork, the first two words that come to mind are bold and dynamic. His drawings and paintings range from incredibly lifelike to abstracts in motion. Dylan brings a unique element to Native American art. His works are, at first glance, vibrant in color and yet they have a calming almost mystical quality to them.

“Dylan has exhibited his work extensively throughout Oklahoma with artwork even displayed through the Smithsonian. In a circular way, Dylan’s work has returned home. I am happy to say that it is now on display in his hometown of Chickasha.”

Cavin’s painting Legacy was featured on the official t-shirts, billboards and posters of the 2013 Red Earth Festival. He was the featured artist during Choctaw Days at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

His painting Gold Skies was featured on the cover of the July/August 2012 edition of Oklahoma Today magazine.

He was a featured artist during the 2012 Choctaw Day at the State Capitol and has participated as a live paint artist at the Monsters of Live Paint Show and the Creativity World Forum.

Cavin’s work was selected for the 2014 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Calendar. His art has received awards at the Red Earth Festival, the Cherokee Art Market and Show, the Southeastern Art Show and Market and the Choctaw Art Show. He has two paintings in the David L. Boren Student Center on the OU campus.

Cavin was given USAO’s Young Alumni award in 2013.

Most recently, USAO’s Nesbitt Gallery purchased Cavin’s The Chickasaw Delegate, an ink drawing rendered inside of a vintage ledger, as part of its purchase awards for the Seven-State Biennial Art Competition.

His work can be seen online at