Calling All Native American Artists for 2018 Artesian Arts Festival

Applications are now being accepted from all Native American artists for the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival, to be held Saturday, May 26, in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Artists from all federally recognized tribes are invited to apply.

Organizers are accepting up to 100 Native artists for the fifth annual event. Cash awards will be presented for first, second and third place in each category, as well as “Best of Show.”

The deadline for artists to submit their applications is Feb. 23. Artists will be notified of juror selection by March 24.

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival is a free community celebration of all forms of art, with an emphasis on Native American art and artists. The festival features diverse art media and a variety of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, bead work, textiles and pottery. A wide variety of musical entertainment, tribal dance demonstrations, artist talks and food vendors is also planned.

The Artesian Arts Festival takes place at the Artesian Plaza, located adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First Street, Sulphur.

Artists must be at least age 18 and present documentation of citizenship in a federally recognized Native American tribe.

Application forms, entry rules and additional information can be found on the Chickasaw Nation website at or by contacting the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at 580-272-5520.

Updated 02-01-2018

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