2023 Red Earth Festival
Mary Aitson (Cherokee) lhas since been weaving baskets for more than 25 years. Mary uses honeysuckle, buck brush and palm reed along with natural and traditional dyes to create her baskets. Her baskets have been shown in many galleries and festivals.
Carol Armstrong (Cherokee/Delaware) is a highly accomplished Oklahoma artist who has been painting and teaching professionally for over four decades. Her work often incorporates themes of spirituality and nature. Her emotive figurative and landscape oil paintings are known for their vibrant colors and powerful imagery.
Marco Arviso (Navajo) believes that adornment has a powerful effect on the human spirit. In 2010 he started designing his own jewelry line and communicates traditions of his people by using sacred semi-precious gemstones.
Alan Ball (Choctaw) is an award-winning photographer with almost fifty years of experience. His two main interests are bison and landscapes, which he captures in a way that whispers solitude and nourishes the soul. Ball experiments with pushing boundaries to create a narrative and lasting memory in his work.
Abraham Begay (Navajo), a well known silver jewelry maker, has won many awards for his exceptional jewelry work. Abraham owns and operates his own gallery in Flagstaff, Arizona. He crafts jewelry from silver and other precious stones with an attention to detail that is astonishing.
Jon Belindo (Kiowa) is an artist and educator, who draws inspiration from his father, the respected artist Dennis Belindo. He incorporates modernism and cubism in his work, and his exceptional art serves as an inspiration for his students.
Les Berryhill (Muscogee Creek) has won many awards for his exquisite beadwork. He was named the Red Earth Honored One in 2014. His artwork includes beaded skulls, blankets, antique wooden utensils and western memorabilia. Les has been recognized for his skill and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Jolene Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. She makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. Jolene continues to refine her craft, learning to select the finest raw materials and then cut, carve, and shape each separate element to create her highly refined jewelry.
Aaron Brokeshoulder (Choctaw) Aaron was inspired to learn the techniques of silversmithing from his father. He began learning more and travelled to many shows with his father around the country. With time he began to spread his wings and create his own one of a kind and whimsical pieces, each starting with a story to share with customers and collectors.
Devin Brokeshoulder (Santo Domingo Pueblo) works with 2-D art. Devin travels with his family to showcase their art across many festivals and award shows. Still perfecting his craft, Devin creates art that is inspiring and impressive to see.
Nick Brokeshoulder is a Hopi carver and well known for his creation of traditional Hopi Katsina dolls, a craft he learned from his grandfather. He works in a traditional style, using natural pigments, subdued colors, and intricate detailed painting.
Dylan Cavin (Choctaw) has been drawing for as long as he can remember. In middle school it was his interest that solidified he wanted to pursue art, in college he found his passion for painting and figure drawing. During his time in the army, he dabbled in various other forms and aspects of art, but it was when he began doing portraits of friends and pets that he felt he had found his outlet. Since then, he has won many awards and honors as his art career skyrocketed.
Emilio and Marguerite Chavez
Husband and wife, Emilio and Marguerite Chavez (Santo Domingo Pueblo) are impressive jewelers. Emilio has been making jewelry since he was ten years old, having learned the craft by helping his father, Joe Chavez, make slab Jewelry. Marguerite learned jewelry making from her mother and father, learning to make spaghetti string turquoise jewelry. Both are now fulltime jewelers.
Dennis Chuculate (Acoma Pueblo/Cherokee) was taught the traditional southwest pottery in the style of the Acoma Pueblo’s by his grandmother and various other mediums throughout childhood. Being surrounded by the cultural arts of both his tribes, he has blended the designs to create a style unique to him. It gives his work a whimsical feel as he makes statement rings and bracelets out of gold, silver, and copper, adding heavy gauges cut and filed into eye-catching designs set with beautiful semi-precious stones and gems combined in a playful and striking color combination.
Dan Corley (Cherokee) creates masks that finds its source in the traditions and lore of the different tribes and his own Cherokee Citizenship. He shows the power and mystery of the connection to the earth, the spiritual strength of faith and the oneness of all things. In each original mask, one can sense the reverence and language of mystery, and that is the essence of their unique beauty.
Amber DuBoise-Shepherd (Dine/Sac & Fox, Prairie Band Potawatomi) is a contemporary artist from Shawnee, Oklahoma, whose works are inspired by her heritage. She is a mixed media and oil painter, known for her vivid and illustrative style that captures the essence of Native American narratives.
Terrance Emery Jr.
Terrance Emery Jr. (St Croix Chippewa) produces beautiful handmade contemporary Native American jewelry that consists of pendants, bracelets, bolo ties, and earrings. His work is composed of 100% sterling silver and all natural semi-precious stones and minerals. Each piece is hand crafted and unique with no two pieces alike.
Gary Farris (Cherokee Nation) is an award-winning woodworker and an Army veteran. He graduated from Northeastern State University, and served as the first Director of the Cherokee Nation Health Department and as Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission.
Tom Farris (Cherokee/Otoe Missouria) has been immersed in American Indian art his entire life. He is an accomplished artist, with his work showcased in numerous national art shows and major private collections, as well as in the permanent collections of several museums.
Ray D. Garcia
Ray "Duck" Garcia (San Felipe Pueblo) was born into a family of jewelry and pottery artists, and it was at the age of ten that his own interest in jewelry began. He began working with his family, cutting stones and making turquoise and heishi necklaces for traditional wear. It was at the age of sixteen that his mother formally introduced Ray to silversmith work. Today he carries on the traditions he learned, creating jewelry by hand, cutting and fashioning his stones and metal himself for his art.
The night before Clancy Gray (Osage) was to begin student teaching for physical education, he discovered his love for teaching art. From there he created an art legacy of intergenerational impact in the Tulsa area with his teaching. Now retired he creates art year-round, using the impasto style of using a palette knife to apply his acrylics creating depth and allowing light to animate the paintings. There is stillness, balance, and movement with his work.
Paul Hacker (Choctaw) is a strong believer of keeping Native American artistic traditional skills and cultural heritage alive. He meticulously handcrafts his traditional plains Indian flutes, custom knives, and replicates historical Native American pottery.
Crystal Hanna (Cherokee) continues the traditions and legacy of Anna Mitchell who she apprenticed under in the Spring of 1999. She practices the traditional method of Southeastern Mississippian pottery, in doing so making statements about her culture and preserving a heritage. Crystal participates in major Indian Art Markets and festivals across the country and has won many awards with her beautiful art form.
Starr Hardridge (Muscogee Creek) blends pointillism with a southeastern woodland beadwork aesthetic, influenced by Muscogee patterns and designs. Trained in classical art, his style has evolved with an abstracted symbolism and bold use of color and geometry.
Nicole Hatfield Curtis
NiCole Curtis (Comanche/Kiowa) is a native Oklahoman who draws her inspiration from historical photographs of proud tribal women. By painting these women, she feels she not only acknowledges them, but also honors them by giving them a voice in our contemporary world. She frequently incorporates tribal language into her paintings to teach Native languages while keeping them alive. Nicole is a self-taught artist who refers to painting as ‘her voice’.
Yonavea HawkinsHonored One 2023
Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo) is a bead work artist who creates unique bead work designs using a beading loom with size 13 cut beads. Yonavea uses the 13 size beads because there are more colour choices then in smaller beads. She also creates Native American cultural items using a 2-needles applique stitch for the bead work.
Jennifer Hicks (Chickasaw) creates artwork primarily using watercolor or ink, often incorporating hand-beaded components. She uses a variation of the stipple technique to create intricate images one dot at a time, often drawing from the iconography found on artifacts of the Mississippi people.
Anita Caldwell Jackson
Anita Caldwell Jackson (Echota Cherokee) began pursuing art at a young age, using leftover paint by number paints to create her first oil painting. Today, she is a Master Artist with the Five Tribes Museum in Muskogee. She is accomplished in several media and especially likes to create sculptures out of leather.
Elle & Nick Jackson
Elle & Nick Jackson (Navajo) are passionate advocates for Native American artists. Nick, a fourth-generation Navajo silversmith and shop owner of The Silver Artichoke in Old Town Albuquerque, the shop carries the work of a variety of Native artists in addition to Elle and Nick's own creations.
Peter Johnson and Claudette Kasero
Peter Johnson (Navajo) and Claudette Kasero (Laguna Pueblo) Peter is is a silversmith jewelry artist. Claudette is a multi-makes traditional ceramic pots and figures, strings beads of a variety of stones for necklaces, creates beaded necklaces and silver jump necklaces. She also makes beaded earrings, beaded/feather barrettes, bracelets, bow guards, and infant moccasins.
Linda Kukuk (Choctaw) is a self-taught, award-winning artist, named the Red Earth Honored One in 2022. She is mainly known for her scratchboard art, specializing in realistic pictures of wildlife, pet portraits, Native Americans, and portraits. Rather than always doing scratchboard in the “traditional” sense, she enjoys experimenting by starting with white clay board, adding either watercolor, acrylic ink, India ink, or a combination of these, then doing scratchwork on the surface she has prepared.
Jay Laxton (Chickasaw) grew up in South Texas where he first became interested in art, working as a jeweler’s apprentice and blacksmithing. He then started to learn leather working and ceramics after moving to Oklahoma where he started working at the Artesian Gallery & Studios. He is always willing to try and learn something new, he likes to mix things he has learned with the thought of “it’s either going to work or be a learning experience”.
Erecka & Tonialia Lee
Erecka & Tonialia Lee (Navajo)
Gwen Coleman Lester
Gwen Coleman Lester (Choctaw) focuses on capturing Native American subject matter to illustrate contemporary Choctaw culture in her creations. Her artwork includes illustrations of family life, dances, and stickball games, sometimes using Choctaw language as a design element. Her colored pencil drawings are realistic and tightly rendered while her acrylic paintings are loose and painterly.
Monica Silva Lovato
Monica Lovato (San Felipe Pueblo) creates unique mixed metal jewelry with hand cut stones that she creates distinctly, as she believes each stone that is put in a piece of jewelry is destined for a specific person to fall in love with and take home. When working with clay she puts her heart into every part of the process and looks forward to the happiness she sees on those that take her art home.
Diane Martinez (Tarahumara) is a self-taught artist and is always experiment with new ways to make her pottery better. She also has skills in beadwork, textiles, photography, baskets, and jewelry, and has won awards for all. She loves to share her art with others. She believes adults become happy children with clay and children show their inner light when given a chance to express it through clay.
Michael McAllister (Echota Cherokee) approaches each new creation with excitement as each is totally unique. He applies wax to the fabric of his pieces to control the dye he uses in each piece. His art tends to reflect Native American tradition and you can find his art in the Cherokee Mountain Gallery in Eureka Springs Arkansas.
Pat McAllister (Echota Cherokee) began painting at an early age, her talents passed on by her mother, a water color artist. Pat never considered any other career than an artist as she watched her mother in her studio. In her art, Pat uses her family and friends as models and places them in historical settings, making the viewer feel as if they are there with those people, in that setting.
Victoria McKinney (Echota Cherokee) followed her true life wish to be an artist and potter with the support of her husband after quitting her position at the University of Arkansas. Since then, Victoria’s art and skill has flourished, leading her to have received many awards across the nation and has attended many prestigious Indian Art Markets and festivals.
Ronda Moss (Cherokee) is a basket maker living in Pryor, Oklahoma. She specializes in weaving baskets with pine needles and making miniature double-wall vine baskets. Ronda's baskets are a testament to her love for her heritage and culture, and her commitment to preserving the traditional art of basketry.
Tim Nevaquaya (Comanche) is a celebrated artist and flutist from Apache, Oklahoma. Since childhood, he has sought to learn as much as possible about his culture, spending time with his elders and his father (Doc Tate Nevaquaya) who he apprenticed under for many years in both Indian art and Native American courting flute. By age 12 he was composing music on his father’s flutes. Timothy is one of a few Comanche artists working in a traditional and contemporary styles of Indian art.
Lauretta Newby-Coker (Choctaw) is a talented artist from Noble, Oklahoma. She has an impressive skill set, working with various mediums, including watercolor, oil painting, mixed media, and her chosen specialty, stained-glass mosaic. Lauretta's mosaics are beautifully crafted, with a luminous and impressionistic quality.
Don Nieto (Santo Domingo) is an intergenerational artist, learning how to make heishi necklaces at early age, ultimately leading to his career in silversmithing.
Tonya June Rafael
Tonya June Rafael (Navajo) is a jeweler and designer from New Mexico, she enhances her sterling silver jewelry with a variety of bright-colored natural stones. She has won many awards for her artistry. She designs her jewelry and makes it all by hand.
Tama Roberts (Cherokee Nation) an artist who has worked with various mediums but has found her passion in ceramics. Working with clay allows Tama to use the four elements of nature to create unique works of art that express the influence of nature on her life. Each piece is original and cannot be replicated. Tama combines her love for nature and her Cherokee heritage to create beautiful and meaningful pieces.
Amanda Rutland (Muscogee) creates stunning copper and gemstone jewelry inspired by Mississippian designs and the natural world. Her work incorporates the iconography and symbolism of her Mound-builder ancestors with contemporary uses of color and patterns.
Jeremy Salazar (Navajo) is a self-taught, contemporary painter based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He specializes in vibrant acrylic portraitures that combine abstraction and realism, with a focus on emphasizing the eyes and facial expressions of his characters.
Jerry Salazar (Navajo) is a self-taught contemporary artist born and raised on the Navajo reservation. He is renowned for his extraordinary ability to create wildlife and landscape scenes, as well as detailed Native American portraits.
Stuart Sampson (Citizen Potawatomi) creates works that reflect his love for his culture, taught to him by his grandfather. He specializes in portraits that are highly colorful, and expressive. Known for his use of bright color for backgrounds and subdued gradients for facial details. Frequently painting on wood panels so hints of the exture can show through between the brush marks. This adds another interesting element to his works.
Nelda Schrupp (Nakota Sioux) combines her heritage with the inspiration gather from European masters to create her beautiful, abstract jewelry works. Each shape, color, and material used in her emuletic rattles holds a significant meaning. She uses materials like silver gold, copper, horsehair, deer antler and semi-precious stones to create pieces that truly draw the eye and mind into her world and culture.
Wylie Secatero (Navajo) a silverwork artist, reflects his love for the traditional patterns found in Navajo weaving, incorporating intricate designs to create his unique style. Wylie began making jewelry at 10 years old, taught by his father who is an accomplished silversmith himself.
Jane Semple-Umsted (Choctaw) is from Durant, Oklahoma. Her artwork includes paintings of traditional Choctaw scenes, reflecting her strong connection to her Choctaw heritage.
Peggy Shelden (Cherokee) is a highly skilled basket maker from Oklahoma. She is best known for her intricate double-walled baskets made from river cane. Her work has been recognized for its outstanding design and craftsmanship, and she continues to be an influential figure in the world of Cherokee basketry.
Gene 'IronMan' Smith
Gene "Ironman" Smith (Choctaw) is an expert craftman of metal art. With it, he shows his special connection to feathers, especially in his first life-size metal headdress, which he titled “Traditional” in honor of his mother. Every sculpture that Gene makes is unique, the inspiration for each comes from visions given to Gene by those that watch over him.
Alicia Star (Santo Domingo Pueblo), a gifted jewelry artist from New Mexico, creates captivating pieces rooted in her ancestral traditions. Specializing in lapidary inlay, Pueblo Heshi necklaces, and traditional Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry, Alicia's work showcases her meticulous craftsmanship.
Allyson StumpfEmerging Artist Winner 2023
Allyson Stumpf (Osage) is a ceramic artist based in Oklahoma City. Her work is inspired by the natural world and reflects her Osage culture and heritage. Allyson's creations are both beautiful and practical, striking the perfect balance between form and function.
Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Sac & Fox-Seminole) is an award-winning artist known for his vibrant paintings, prints, and mixed media artworks. He draws inspiration from the captivating colors found in nature and in traditional ribbon-work appliqué designs of Sac and Fox regalia and Seminole patchwork, both of which exhibit expressive and highly creative use of color.
Eric Tippeconnic (Comanche) draws inspiration from his love of history and art to create stunning pieces that capture the contemporary, evolving nature of Indigenous American cultures. Using bright, rich, and vibrant color combinations, Eric's artwork captures movement effortlessly.
Karin Walkingstick's (Cherokee) passion for art began at an early age and has explored many forms of creative expression but has committed her time exclusively to creating one-of-a-kind works of pottery with techniques that echo her Cherokee culture.
Micah Wesley (Kiowa) is a painter and DJ based in Norman, Oklahoma. His focus is identity and references of experience, and he instructs various courses of art history. He paints his experience as a tribal member living in urban Oklahoma. He says his identity was forged from conflict, fear, family, heritage, and fragments and expresses this in his art.
Stephen and Robie White (Pawnee) are Irari jewelers, Irari being the Pawnee word for “brother”. They are silversmiths, bead stringers, and Native beaders, handcrafting every piece of jewelry they sell.
Stephen and Robie White (Pawnee) are Irari jewelers, Irari being the Pawnee word for “brother”. They are silversmiths, bead stringers, and Native beaders, handcrafting every piece of jewelry they sell.
Kate WileyEmerging Artist Winner 2023
Kate Wiley (Chickasaw) creates stunning and vivid designs in her fluid art pieces, using air and acrylics. Although originally a dancer, she discovered her passion for fluid art in 2020 and is entirely self-taught, spending countless hours researching and perfecting her unique style.
Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw) is a nationally recognized artist for his colorful knives that combine function and aesthetics. He uses discard materials like sterling silver, billiard balls, and dominoes to construct the vibrant handles and forges the steel blades himself. He is also a very talented painter and writer.
Janice Yazzie (Diné) is a talented beadworker, drawing inspiration from the symbols and imagery of her people. Her pieces feature Navajo rug designs, animals, corn, maidens, and other meaningful symbols, using heishi and quality glass beads to create a fluid, smooth texture.
Gary D. Yazzie
Gary D. Yazzie (Navajo) is known for his striking and dynamic paintings of Southwestern subjects, with a particular emphasis on horses. His work has been widely exhibited and celebrated. Receiving numerous awards and accolades for his paintings, which showcase his unique color palette and a deep love for the beauty and spirit of the Southwest.
Gordon Yellowman Sr.
Gordon Yellowman Sr. (Cheyenne and Arapaho) also known as Yellow Hawk, is a traditional leader among the Cheyenne people. Gordon is an artist who incorporates the Old Cheyenne and Arapaho ledger art style into his unique contemporary ledger art style.