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Press Release

Release Date: September 21, 2006
by Tony Choate

Southeastern and Woodlands tribal artists from across the nation will showcase their extraordinary talents at the 2006 Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM). The competitive exhibit, hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, begins Thursday, October 5 and concludes Saturday, October 7 as a part of the 46th Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

“This event is a wonderful way to honor the talented individuals who promote and preserve the beauty of Southeastern American Indian art,” said Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. “It also provides an excellent venue for these artists to showcase their talents and share with others the unique culture and heritage of Chickasaws and other Southeastern tribes.”

The artist who wins best of show will receive $1,000 and a special commemorative medal saluting individual accomplishment. Those artists who earn top honors in the cultural, two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories will each earn $500 and a gold medal.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100 and bronze medal), second ($75 and red ribbon rosette) and third ($50 and yellow ribbon rosette) place winners in each category – two dimensional: painting, drawing, graphics, photography, two dimensional open and three dimensional: beadwork/quill work, sculpture, jewelry, pottery/ceramics, basketry, textiles/weavings/clothing, miniatures and three dimensional open.

Each artist was invited to enter up to two pieces of artwork in two categories of his/her choice (four total entries).

All winners will be announced beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday evening, October 5, during the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards Ceremony conducted at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College.

The Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival attracts visitors from across the state, nation and world and has been recognized as an “Outstanding Event” by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. The yearly festival has also earned the bronze medal in the Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.

Inquiries may be directed to Trina Jones, SEASAM chair, at (580) 332-1092 trina.jones@chickasaw.net or Julie Burwell, special projects director, at (580) 272-5520 or julie.burwell@chickasaw.net.