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Press Release

Release Date: May 27, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Records crowds enjoy diverse Native Art at the Artesian Arts Festival, May 27 in Sulphur

  • Cherokee artist Bill Glass, Jr. won "Best of Show" for his sculpture "The Discussion Revolves" at the fourth annual Artesian Arts Festival

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the Artesian Arts Festival is one of the fastest growing arts markets in the U.S.

Conducted in Sulphur, Oklahoma, the Artesian Arts Festival is open to artists from all federally-recognized tribes.

More than 100 participating Artesian Arts Festival artists representing 25 Native American tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada were showcased May 27 at the Artesian Plaza.

The Artesian Arts Festival offers a juried competition with awards, and a marketplace where artists can display and sell their works.



The top winner was:

Best in Show – Bill Glass Jr., Cherokee, “The Discussion Revolves.”



First place, by category:

3-D Art, Sculpture – Troy Jackson, Cherokee, “The Assembling of Displacement: Two Children.”

Jewelry (Stone/Metal) – Jimmie Harrison, Navajo-Dine, “Emergence into the Fourth World.”

Jewelry (beaded) – Verna Bates, Cherokee, “Everlasting.”

Pottery – Chase Earles, Caddo, “Caddo Lesson of the Flood: Respect the Land & Animals.”

Textiles – Tyra Shackleford, Chickasaw, “The Lady.”

Contemporary Fashion – Wendy Ponca, Osage, “Alex’s Dress.”

3-D Open – Melvin Cornshucker, Cherokee, “Pottery.”

Two-Dimensional Art-Painting – Norma Howard, Chickasaw/Choctaw, “At the General Store.”

Two-Dimensional Art-Drawing – Benjamin Harjo Sr., Absentee/Shawnee/Seminole, “The Eye of the Hunter.”

Graphics – Tony Tiger, Sac and Fox, “State of Being: Transformation.”

Photography – J. Ross Davis, Cherokee, “Follow Me.”

2-D Open – Jackie Sevier, Northern Arapaho, “Woman’s Dress.”

Cultural Arts- Baskets – Kristie Vann, Cherokee, “Quiver & Arrow.”

Cultural Arts- Beadwork/ quillwork – Martha Berry, Cherokee, “In This Place.”

Flutes – Paul Hacker, Choctaw, “The Raven.”

Drums – John Timothy II, Muscogee (Creek), “The Beat is in the Feet.”

Adornments to Regalia – Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee, “Bon Fishin’.”

Weaponry – Daniel Worcester, Chickasaw, “Bird of Paradise.”

Cultural Open – Vivian Garner Cottrell, Cherokee, “Chief’s Legacy: Peace & Prosperity.”

Miniatures – Jimmie C. Fife, Muskogee (Creek), “Removal from our Homeland.”

For more information about the Artesian Arts Festival, contact Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016