August 13, 2021

Jessie Walton (’21) Earns Notoriety for “The Revelation Booth.”

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BGSUGD Class of 21 graduate Jessie Walton, a CURS grant recipient, was featured this last Spring on the front page of the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for her ARTD 4070 Senior Thesis project. Jessie’s work, “The Revelation Booth” serves as an epitome to bring an understanding to the viewers outside of the Indigenous Community to understand their privilege, to see the hardships, confusion and solemness through the installation and create this self-aware feeling, to call to change the viewer’s perspectives, to be motivated to change their own thinking.” Her thesis project includes a video and installation design along with laser engraved wooden tokens of a QR code and Cherokee typography for viewers to take as a remembrance and link to her social media LinkTree to support her cause. Her work recognized on BGSU 21 Stories That Move Us Forward and by BGSU’s Center for Public Impact with the Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

Jessie identifies as fifty percent native American coming from the Cherokee nation and the Muscogee (Creek) nation. Her advocacy and voice for Cherokee, Muscogee, and Native stories is at the heart of her work. For she co-authored The Forgotten History of Ohio’s Indigenous Peoples, as well as created the visual graphic for the story. Her story shares a glimpse of the Native Ohio Nations. In 2019 she traveled with fellow BGSU students and faculty on a Navajo Nation trip to New Mexico. Check out more of Class of 21’ Jessie Walton’s work!

Student Gold Addy Award Winner by the Toledo American Advertising Federation.

Congratulations Jessie on your many accomplishments and contributions to our program and Native American voices.