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Release Date: April 05, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • A celebration of Native art and artist, the 5th Annual Artesian Arts Festival is set Saturday, May 26 in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Last year, more than 8,000 people attended the festival.

Sulphur, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation is hosting the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 26, at the Artesian Plaza.

Since its inaugural year in 2014, the Artesian Arts Festival has continued to expand each year to become one of the fastest growing Native American art markets in the United States.

A celebration of all types of art, with an emphasis on Native American art and artists, the Artesian Arts Festival features diverse art media and a variety of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, bead work, textiles and pottery.

More than 115 elite artists representing 25 Native American tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada took part in the 2017 Artesian Arts Festival.

Open to artists from all federally recognized tribes, organizers are accepting up to 100 Native artists for the 2018 event.

A wide variety of musical entertainment, tribal dance demonstrations, artist talks and food vendors are 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.

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

Last Updated: 09/16/2016