featured artist – demos glass

The work of Cherokee National Treasure Demos Glass reflects a deep respect for the style and line represented in Mississippian-era art. Inspired by ancient Cherokee craftsmanship and contemporary design, Glass enjoys creating artwork with an undeniable presence and a singular message — “We still stand.” He utilizes a diverse set of metals to ignite dialogue and evoke a sweeping range of emotion.

Advancing an artistic legacy, Glass has designed and fabricated a prolific number of public art commissions together with his father, Cherokee National Treasure Bill Glass Jr., including a Miss Cherokee crown that replaced one his grandfather had made. Glass Studio has installed sculptures at venues, medical centers and museums across Oklahoma, including “Bundle of 7 Arrows,” a 12’ stainless steel sculpture installed in 2022 at the Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center in Vinita, Oklahoma.

Glass studied fine art at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and welding at Northeast Oklahoma Training Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has earned numerous Best of Show and category awards at nationally renowned art shows and markets. His work has been featured in three special exhibits, including “Return From Exile,” a national traveling exhibition from 32 Native artists between 2015 – 2017.