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Release Date: January 31, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Oklahoma -- Applications are now being accepted from all Native American artists for the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival, set Saturday, May 26, in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Deadline for Native artists to submit application is Friday, Feb. 23. Artist will be notified of juror selection by Friday, March 24.

Open to artists from all federally recognized tribes, artists will compete in a juried competition in as many as 21 categories.

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

Organizers are accepting up to 100 Native artists for the fifth annual event. Elite artists representing 25 Native American tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada took part in the 2017 Artesian Arts Festival.

Cash awards will be presented for first, second and third place in each category, as well as “Best of Show.”

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival is a 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.

Open to the public at no charge, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed more than 8,000 to downtown Sulphur last year.

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

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.

For more information, please contact Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5525 or email

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