Artists begin work on large mural to honor Chickasaw maiden Princess Hoka

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Work has started on Oxford’s latest large-scale outdoor mural. Anna Murphy has begun the painting of an approximately 1,600 square foot mural on the back wall of Oxford Square North Plaza, facing the parking garage located on The Square.  

Business owner Helen Overstreet of Mike Overstreet Properties, LLC commissioned the large-scale mural of  Princess Hoka, a Chickasaw maiden who once owned the land that is now the City of Oxford. Overstreet, with the assistance of Project Manager and artist, Earl Dismuke, has been working with Murphy since 2019 on the design of the mural.

Murphy worked closely with members of the Chickasaw Nation to ensure the accuracy of the design,  including the facial features, jewelry, and clothing depicted. The flora and fauna in the design are native to the area,  and the animals featured hold special meaning to the Chickasaw Nation. Members of the Chickasaw Nation traveled  to Oxford to bless the wall and those involved in the process before painting began.  

Artist Anna Murphy, is a visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the  University of Louisville. Murphy has been painting murals since 2016. She is assisted by her mother, Paula  Murphy, who is also an artist, in the painting process.

“Princess Hoka” will be painted in Murphy’s signature blue  and white, similar to porcelain china, on a background of gold. To see more of Murphy’s work, visit www.annapmurphy.com or @annapmurphy on Instagram. 

The installation process began in early March and will take approximately four to six weeks to complete. The  public is invited to stop by and meet the artist during the process. 

“Anna’s talent and ability to paint hyper realistic large scale murals is incredible,” said Earl Dismuke. “I am thankful we live in a city  where public officials and members of the community embrace opportunities like this one.”

For more information on this project, please contact Earl Dismuke at 662-202-8216 or ewdismuk@yahoo.com.