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Press Release

Release Date: September 15, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation is accepting applications now through Sept. 22 for the 2021 Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) and SEASAM Youth. Coinciding with the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival, SEASAM and SEASAM Youth will again be virtual due to COVID-19 precautions.

Artists from any federally recognized Southeastern or Woodland tribes are encouraged to enter the competition in the basketry, beadwork/quillwork, diverse, drawing, graphic arts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles, traditional dress & regalia, and weaponry categories.

Cash prizes are available across all categories, selected by judges. Adult artists may enter one work of art to be considered for Judges Awards and the People’s Choice Award. An area on the website will be accessible for patrons to select the People’s Choice Award. Artists may enter up to five works in the art market.

The youth artist competition is open to those ages 14 to 17 years old. Youth entries will include the same categories as adult competition. Youth artists may enter up to five items for sale in the online market at any one time. Four of those entries are eligible for the youth competition.

Art lovers and buyers can maintain responsible distancing while browsing First American art – from Southeastern and Woodland artists – online at SEASAM.net from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Artists will be able to enter work for the market through December but competition entries must be received on or before 5 p.m. CDT, Sept. 22.

For more information, contact Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520, or email ArtistInfo@Chickasaw.net.

About SEASAM

In 2005, the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) began what is now a time-honored tradition with the first competition, show and market. Sixteen years later it continues to be committed to providing professional development and networking opportunities for youth, emerging and professional Southeastern and Woodland artists. SEASAM fosters cultural identity through fine art of contemporary and traditional styles, and provides a marketplace where artists may flourish. SEASAM is a juried event. Categories are provided online at SEASAM.net.