Born in New Mexico in 1989, Summer Zah is one of the last of her generation to uphold an educational legacy set-forth by her previous familial contemporaries. Her artistic endeavors began at an early age by practicing traditional Native American crafts such as loom-work and beading. Although proficient in these fields, Ms. Zah did not seriously pursue creative disciplines until she began attending Murray State College in Tishomingo in Southeastern Oklahoma. In 2012, she transferred to East Central University and completed her undergraduate studies with a degree in Studio Fine Arts (focus in Printmaking) and a degree in Native American Studies.
Summer Zah is best known for her work on social commentary about Native Americans, which, in turn, is highly influenced by her Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Choctaw backgrounds. Her art is characterized by earthly tones and vibrant colors, indigenous iconography, and text. As a conceptual artist, Ms. Zah identifies misgivings towards Native Americans by indigenous peoples as well as non-natives to create pieces in a pursuit to grasp the idealism of enlightenment.
Ms. Zah in the recipient of an Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) in recognition of her piece “Photography, Ads, and Fashion: Welcome to the Wild West” in Momentum OKC 2014. Thereafter, she was interviewed by OVAC in preparation for their Momentum Tulsa 2015 exhibition.
She has displayed work in group shows including the Ada Artist Association in Ada, OK, and the Print on Paseo, in Oklahoma City, OK, in which she won an Honorable Mention. Ms. Zah has also shown work in a solo exhibition at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, OK. Currently, she co-founded and curates a local exhibition at Hot Shots Coffee House in Ada, OK, which is a regularly installed show for local student and alumni artwork.