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Release Date: September 12, 2007

by Kerri McDonald

Many remarkable art pieces created by Southeastern and Woodland tribal artists from across the nation will be on display during the 2007 Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM), hosted by the Chickasaw Nation.

The competitive exhibit begins Thursday, October 4 and concludes Saturday, October 6 as a part of the 47th Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

The outdoor market offers Southeastern and Woodland artists the opportunity to showcase and market their works on the beautifully restored grounds of the historic Chickasaw capitol. Organizers are especially excited this year to offer a youth component to the competition.

"We're so excited to showcase works by established adult artists and our young up-and-coming artists in the youth division," said Lona Barrick, Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities Administrator. "This is an outstanding chance for art lovers to meet their favorite artists and to invest in their latest works."

Top adult competition winners will be announced Thursday evening during the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards Ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Paul J. Park Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State College. Entries will be displayed at a reception immediately following the ceremony. Artists who earn top honors in the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, cultural, jewelry, textiles, miniatures and best in show will each receive a specially designed commemorative gold medal. Artists winning first place in each category will receive a special commemorative bronze medal saluting individual accomplishment. Ribbons will be awarded to second and third place winners. All winners will receive monetary awards.

Winners of the youth component will be announced at the art market tent behind the capitol at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, during the art market. The youth component will award $100 juror awards of excellence.

Past artists have included Jerry Haney, Karen Chatham, Paul Moore, Patta Lt, Bill McCulley, Joanna Underwood, Kelley Lunsford, Joshua Hinson, Georgie Frazier, Mariah Adair, Steven Cass, Colline Neeley Brummett, Jon Tiger, Michael Cornelius, Roberta Wallace, Wyas Goforth Parker, Linda Hughes, Mary Howard, Carole Ayers, Paul Harjo, Mary Beth Nelson, Fran Rice, Jerico Rasha, Buddy Parchcorn, Lorie Robins, Lucy Wiley, Susie "TeKati" Johnston, Natasha Wagner, Pauline Brown, Dana Tiger and Traci Davis.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520.