Honored One 2024

    Honored One 2024


               Oklahoma City, OK - Chickasaw artist, Brent Greenwood will be recognized during the 38th Annual Red Earth Festival as the 2024 Red Earth Honored One. Since its inception in 1987, Red Earth, Inc has selected an artist whose support of Native art has been substantial throughout his or her life for this annual recognition.

                This award is given to someone who has had a significant influence on the Native art community; To one who has continuing involvement, activity, and participation in their art form. The list of previous Honored One award recipient includes some of the world’s most honored and recognized Native artists. Past honorees include Archie Blackowl, Allan Houser, Dick West, Anna Mitchell, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, Mike Larsen, Charles Pratt, Enoch Kelly Haney, Benjamin Harjo Jr., Jeri Redcorn and Harvey Pratt to name a few.

                Brent Greenwood has been a vibrant force in the Native art community for over two decades. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and Oklahoma City University, Brent currently serves as the Fine Arts Director for the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. His work, which reflects his unique cultural background, has been showcased in North America and internationally, including Paris, France.

                Known for his dynamic blend of the “Oklahoma Style” of Native art with contemporary art and graffiti, Brent's work is distinct and recognizable. His paintings have been featured in renowned publications such as Southwest Art and Oklahoma Today and have earned him numerous accolades, including the recent Distinguished Alumni award from Oklahoma City University Petree College of Arts and Sciences in 2023.

                Beyond his artistic achievements, Brent has been instrumental in nurturing the next generation of First American artists. He has organized summer art camps for Native Youth, bringing in artists to teach various classes, and has been a mentor to many young artists. His dedication to promoting Native Arts in the community and internationally is unparalleled.

                Brent Greenwood will be honored in a special awards ceremony on March 21st, acknowledging his outstanding contributions to the world of Native American arts and his unwavering commitment to cultural preservation and education.

                The award-winning Red Earth Festival will draw thousands to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum the weekend of March 22-24. Artists from throughout the nation will be featured in a juried art market that coincides with spectacular Dance Showcases and demonstrations.

                General admission day tickets are $15 and include admission to the Red Earth Art Market with general admission seating for the Red Earth Dance Showcases. A $30 three-day ticket is also available. Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge.

                Red Earth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an Allied Arts member agency. This project was supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts along with Chickasaw Nation, KFOR, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vickie Norick and Chickasaw Community Bank. Red Earth’s mission extends beyond the festival, encompassing education, a museum, and fine art markets, all aimed at advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American culture and arts.

    For more information about the Red Earth Festival and Brent Greenwood's recognition as the 2024 Honored One, please visit www.RedEarth.org or contact Red Earth, Inc. at (405) 427-5228.


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    The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides hundreds of grants to organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural sector, and manages the art collections at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.