Press Release

Release Date: May 27, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



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

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

SULPHUR, Oklahoma -- Vibrant Native American art, eclectic music, family fun and delectable treats drew record crowds to the Artesian Arts Festival in Sulphur, Saturday, May 27.

More than 115 elite artists, representing 25 Native American tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada took part in the fourth annual event.

A variety of visual art such as painting, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, bead work, photography, textiles and pottery was featured.

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

Best in Show was awarded to Bill Glass Jr., Cherokee, with his sculpture “The Discussion Revolves.”

Glass, of Tulsa, participated in the Artesian Arts Festival for the first time.

An estimated 8,000 people attended the fourth annual event.

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