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Release Date: January 16, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • The 6th Annual Artesian Arts Festival is seeking applications from Native American artists for the 2019 festival. The festival takes place every year in Sulphur and celebrates Native American fine art and artists.

The 6th Annual Artesian Arts Festival is now seeking applications from all Native American artists for the 2019 festival, set Saturday, May 25,in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Feb. 1.

Open to artists from all federally-recognized tribes, artists will compete in a juried competition in as many as 21 categories. Artists will be notified of jury selection by mail and email.

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

Organizers are expecting more than 100 Native artists for the 6th Artesian Arts Festival.

Cash awards will be presented for first, second and third place in each category, including Best of 2-D, 3-D, Best of Show and Best of Cultural.

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and in its sixth year, the Artesian Arts Festival is a community celebration of Native American fine art and artists.

The festival features a variety of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, beadwork, textiles and pottery.

A wide variety of musical entertainment, tribal dance demonstrations, art talks, art demonstrations and food vendors is also planned.

Open to the public at no charge, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed nearly 10,000 visitors to last year’s festival. Esteemed artists from around the nation representing more than 20 Native American tribes from 10 states participated in the 5th Artesian Arts Festival.

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

Application forms, entry rules and additional information can be found on the Chickasaw Nation website at Chickasaw.net/ArtesianFest

For more information, please contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities Division at (580) 272-5520 or email ArtistInfo@Chickasaw.net.

About the Artesian Arts Festival

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the Artesian Arts Festival spotlights prominent Native artists from across the country and celebrates Native American fine art.

A vast selection of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, beadwork, textiles and pottery are featured at the Artesian Arts Festival.

A wide variety of musical entertainment, tribal dance demonstrations, art talks and food vendors is also planned, as well as a special area for children’s activities and an elders’ art market.

Open to the public at no charge, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees to last year’s festival. Accomplished artists representing more than 20 tribes from 10 states participated.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016