CONTACT:

Eric Oesch, Deputy Director

Red Earth, Inc

6 Santa Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 427-5228 eric@redearth.org www.redearth.org

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Artist applications for the 26th annual Red Earth Festival art market are currently being accepted for the event scheduled June 8-10, 2012 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.  The award-winning festival is considered the world’s largest event of its kind, drawing thousands of art enthusiasts to a three-day weekend which celebrates Native American visual art and dance.

The Red Earth juried art market annually showcases more than 200 artists representing Native tribes and nations from throughout the United States and Canada.  It drew nearly 30,000 attendees in 2011 and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Redbud Award for “Outstanding Event” from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and recognition as a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association.  

Red Earth Festival art market categories include contemporary and traditional artforms such as cultural items; jewelry; paintings, drawings, graphics and photography; sculpture; pottery; and clothing, textiles and weaving.  Each category is divided into subdivisions.

Eastern Band Cherokee basket maker Shan Goshorn of Tulsa, OK received the 2011 AT&T Red Earth Grand Award for Best of Show for her hand woven basket entitled “Educational Genocide/The Legacy of the Carlisle Indian Board School.” Brent Greenwood, a Chickasaw/Ponca painter from Edmond, OK, was recipient of the 2010 Red Earth President’s Award for a diversified art piece he calls “Native Flag,” and Tahnee Ahtoneharjo, a Muscogee clothing/textile designer from Oklahoma City received the 2010 Red Earth Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award for her piece entitled “Let Me Show You My Tribes.”

Applicants must be able to provide documents of proof of membership in a federally or state-recognized tribal entity or documents of proof of certification as Indian Artisans by an Indian tribe.  Juried applicants must provide three color images per category of artwork that will be sold in their booth. Applications can be downloaded from www.redearth.org or obtained by calling (405) 427-5228.

Booth space in the Red Earth art market is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more than 30 years the 501 (c) 3 non-profit Red Earth, Inc has been dedicated to its mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, museum and fine art markets.

The organization is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.  The Red Earth Museum & Gallery, open year-round in downtown Oklahoma City, presents a diverse and changing exhibition schedule and is custodian of a permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork – including the Deupree Cradleboard Collection, one of the finest individual collections of its kind.

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