Artist applications for the 32nd annual Red Earth Festival, scheduled June 8-10, 2018 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, are now being accepted. Each year, the award-winning juried arts festival draws thousands of people to a three-day weekend celebrating Native visual art and dance.
The 2018 Red Earth Festival will feature increased art competition prize money, more art categories, a new Live Paint Competition and an Art Preview Reception & Awards Ceremony.
The Festival was recently listed No. 4 on the list “10 Places in the US where you can experience Native American culture” in October 2017 by Matador Network.com. It is recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Redbud Award for “Outstanding Event” from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and recognition as a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association. USA Today has also included the Red Earth Festival as one of “10 Great Places to Experience Native Cultures.”
Navajo weaver Alberta Henderson of Kirtland, NM received the 2017 Grand Award for Best of Show for her woven rug entitled “Yodi Nizohon.” Benson Manygoats, a Navajo jeweler from Gallup, NM, was recipient of the 2017 Red Earth President’s Award for his untitled Bolo Tie, and Gene Smith, a Sioux/Choctaw sculptor from Norman, OK received the 2017 Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award for his sculpture entitled “Thunder.”
Artist applications for the 2018 Red Earth Festival juried art market can be found at www.redearth.org, or obtained by calling (405) 427-5228. Booth space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more than 30 years, the 501 (c) 3 non-profit Red Earth, Inc has been dedicated to its mission to “promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, museum and fine art markets.” Red Earth is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of traditional and contemporary Native culture and arts.
Red Earth, Inc. is an Allied Arts member agency and is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans. The Council provides more than 500 grants to over 250 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. For more information, visit arts.ok.gov.