2024 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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Benally (Oneida) from Rio Rancho, NM, is an artist known for her unique blend of traditional Oneida elements with contemporary artistic expressions, showcasing her deep connection to her heritage.
J.J. Tonemah & Brooke Benham
Jay and Brooke Benham (Kiowa), Jay is a distinguished artist and educator with a rich background in art education. Ledger Art is multifaceted, encompassing Narrative, Spiritual, and Record Keeping segments. Brooke is a beadwork artist creating intricate medallions.
Joe Don Brave
Joe Don Brave (Osage/Cherokee) from Bartlesville, OK, whose work is deeply influenced by his roots. He grew up immersed in Osage traditions and has actively participated in ceremonial dances for over 40 years. His art reflects his heritage, environment, and the stories of his people.
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.
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.
Lorraine Cate, (Santo Domingo Pueblo), is recognized for her unique jewelry. She specializes in creating pieces from scratch, focusing on Heishi jewelry. She enjoys carving turquoise, striving to maintain their organic shapes and utilizes Natural Kingman Arizona Turquoise, shaped individually to minimize material loss. Her work reflects a deep connection to nature, with all pieces done meticulously by hand.
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.
Darius Charley (Navajo/Dine) is a distinguished artist from New Mexico, whose work stands out for its unique blend of traditional Diné/Navajo elements and contemporary marquetry techniques. He is particularly noted for his cradleboards that are not just artistic pieces but are functional and culturally symbolic, incorporating various kinds of materials like pine or cottonwood for back support.
Emilio Chavez (Santo Domingo Pueblo) has been making jewelry since he was ten years old, having learned the craft by helping his father, Joe Chavez, make slab Jewelry.
Mabel Chavez & Sutero Garcia
Mabel Chavez & Sutero Garcia (Santo Domingo Pueblo) are from New Mexico are are renowned for their stunning jewelry creations. Specializing in turquoise and silver, their pieces exude a unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary flair. Mabel's exquisite beadwork adds an extra layer of intricacy and beauty to her designs, making each piece a true work of art.
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. His work has 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.
Nick & Elle Curley 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.
Gary Farris (Cherokee) is an Army veteran who has devoted his career to Native American issues, spanning healthcare and the arts. His advocacy is notable, from academic roles to his tenure as Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. As a woodworker, Farris is known for his ceremonial cedar boxes, winning accolades and displaying his work at prominent festivals.
Sam Dimmick (Inupiat) from Shishmaref, Alaska, is a carver recognized for his intricate work with ivory, bone and stone. From a young age, he was immersed in the craft, learning from his uncles. His works, which capture the essence of Arctic wildlife, have been globally recognized and collected, showcasing his ability to convey the vitality of his subjects through his art.
Mikenzi (Diné and Sandia Pueblo) crafts unique jewelry, clothing, and accessories that reflect her Indigenous heritage. Through her brand, S.T.I.L.L. She Lives & H.E.R. Medicine, she creates wearable art inspired by multicultural influences and personal trials. Her work embodies the resilience and power of the matriarchal figures it honors, blending contemporary and traditional elements.
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.
Nelson Garcia's (Santo Domingo Pueblo) father was a silversmith with talents in traditional designs and Heishi necklaces. From studying his father’s workmanship, more than just a talent formed for him. Nelson began creating his first works in grade school, buying silver from his uncle to craft silver cones that are used as the ending tips to a Heishi necklace. Since then, he has worked hard to form his own business and become an accomplished silversmith, he has won many distinguished awards.
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.
Brent GreenwoodHonored One
Brent Greenwood (Chickasaw & Ponca) from Oklahoma, has been named the 2024 Honored One, a significant recognition within the Native American art community. Greenwood is known for his dynamic acrylic paintings and mixed media artworks that incorporate the aesthetics and narratives of his cultural background.
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.
Leslie Halfmoon (Caddo) from Oklahoma, is known for her silverwork. She is academically trained, having received her master's in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture, with further studies in English Literature and Native American Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma.
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.
Alberta Henderson (Navajo) from New Mexico, is a textile artist renowned for her traditional handspun and handwoven Navajo Two Grey Hill Rugs of tapestry quality. Her textiles feature geometric designs and symbols deeply revered in Navajo culture.
Henry & Maryetta Jackson
Henry and Maryetta Jackson (Diné) are a couple from Arizona, who are known for their exquisite Navajo jewelry. Henry Jackson is a self-taught silversmith and goldsmith, working with a variety of stones, both local and exotic. His wife, Maryetta, started as a silversmith but later found her passion in beading, which served as a therapeutic art form for her.
Roger John (Navajo) from Gallup, New Mexico, a town that is rich in Native American arts and crafts and is known as a hub for Navajo jewelry. He is renowned for his craftsmanship in silverwork and jewelry.
Debra KeazerEmerging Artist
Debra Keazer (Cherokee) from Kansas, specializing in pine needle artistry. Her work has earned her the recognition as the 2024 Red Earth Emerging Artist Award winner.
Debra's creations are not only visually striking but also carry with them stories and elements of traditional art forms. She is inventive with various types of centers for her baskets, using anything from traditional wrapped centers to unique items, showcasing her versatility and creativity.
Lauren Kelly (Citizen Potawatomi) is based in Oklahoma, with a focus on transcendental figurative art. Her work predominantly utilizes acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, delving into themes of the feminine experience and post-traumatic growth. Kelly’s art is described as experimental and evolving, rooted in esoteric concepts and her own personal journey.
Rykelle Kemp (Muskogee -Creek) based in Arizona, is celebrated for her wearable art that blends modern and traditional techniques. She draws upon ancestral knowledge from her tribes in the Southeastern Woodlands and the Southwestern Deserts to create pieces that resonate with historical significance and contemporary design. Her work often features materials like shell, pearls, and turquoise, and she utilizes carving, etching, and tufa casting techniques.
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”.
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.
Andy Marion (Navajo) is a third-generation silversmith, Andy works with raw silver and gold, brass and copper, to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. He has been a silversmith since the age of nine and won his first award when he was a teenager. He was taught by his father who is also a silversmith. Marion currently produces both traditional and contemporary designs.
Taylor Martin (Chickasaw) is from Oklahoma City and is known for pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally considered Native art, particularly in jewelry making. Martin enjoys working from a contemporary perspective and incorporates elements regarded as fine art into her pieces.
R. Diane Martinez
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.
Grant Morris (Cherokee Nation) based in Colorado, renowned for his 3D wood sculptures. Morris works with bristlecone pine, which is one of the oldest living tree species, creating sculptures that have become highly collectible and are found in homes across America. His unique and natural sculptured works have garnered admiration for both their aesthetic and historical significance.
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.
Don Nieto (Santo Domingo) is an intergenerational artist, learning how to make heishi necklaces at early age, ultimately leading to his career in silversmithing. His art is a reflection of his cultural heritage, telling the story of his people through each piece he creates. His work is a testament to the enduring legacy of Santo Domingo Pueblo's artistic traditions, ensuring they continue to thrive and inspire future generations.
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.
Tonya June Rafael
Tonya June Rafael (Navajo) a silversmith from New Mexico, renowned for her intricate and vibrant jewelry designs. Known as the "Queen of Clusters," Rafael has a distinctive style that incorporates a variety of natural stones and many other natural elements. Her craftsmanship reflects the rich tradition of Navajo jewelry making, while also infusing contemporary elements that make her pieces stand out.
Adrian Redbird (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma) is a multifaceted artist from Oklahoma City. His artistic talents are diverse, including traditional dancing, for which he has crafted almost all of his regalia, showcasing his dedication to cultural practices. Redbird's skills extend to beadwork, Roach making, and various mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, prismacolor, digital art, and he has over 30 years of experience as a tattoo artist.
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.
Candace Shanholtzer (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is proficient in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, and graphite. Her artistic creations often reflect captured memories of Choctaw life, drawing inspiration from traditional stories, the youth and elders of the nation, and animals. Shanholtzer's art is infused with a sense of history and cultural identity, making each piece a narrative of the Choctaw people's past and present.
Polly Sharp (Cherokee) is an impressionist landscape and plein air oil painter with a deep connection to the Oklahoma countryside. Her love for the prairie landscape and her Cherokee heritage inspire her to capture the natural beauty of the land. As a native Oklahoman, Sharp's work often reflects the serenity and majesty of her home state's vistas.
Gregg Standridge (Choctaw & Cherokee) is an artist and musician from Oklahoma. His artwork is distinguished by its use of wood marquetry, a technique that involves creating hand-cut inlay pieces from wood, and his creations often draw inspiration from renowned artists like Van Gogh, Escher, Picasso, and Hokusai. Standridge's work extends to digital wood grain prints as well, showcasing his diverse artistic skills.
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Harold Stevens Jr.
Harold Stevens Jr. (Navajo) is a contemporary jewelry artist and professional jewelry designer from Arizona. His work is recognized for its hand-cut stones and high-detail inlay, especially with opal, showcasing over 30 years of experience in stone cutting.
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.
Jennifer Thiessen (Cherokee) is an award-winning artist from Oklahoma City, well-recognized for her work in mixed media which includes textiles, paint, ink, print, and pottery. Her art reflects a profound connection to her Cherokee heritage and a passion for political science, history, and art, often provoking thought and sparking discussions on the subjects and political statements she portrays through her creations.
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.
Alvin Todacheene (Navajo) is a skilled artist from New Mexico specializing in jewelry. He is known for his work with heavy gauge sterling silver, which he hand stamps. His artistry is displayed through the craftsmanship of his pieces, often featuring traditional Navajo motifs and techniques.
Lenaya Tso (Navajo Nation) located in New Mexico, is the creative force behind Beading Soul Creations. As a Navajo woman, she crafts beautiful creations that are a testament to her cultural heritage.
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.
Steve & Robie White
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 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.
Amanda Wilson (Comanche Nation) is an innovative artist who combines traditional indigenous elements with contemporary fashion through her venture, Weryackwe Tie Co. Based in Apache, Oklahoma, she handcrafts neckties, offering a wide variety of designs.
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.
Peterson Yazzie (Navajo) is a contemporary artist from Arizona is known for his multifaceted talent in visual arts. His work is deeply influenced by his Navajo culture and personal experiences, which serve as the foundation for his creations. Yazzie is adept in various techniques, producing paintings with watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media on paper or canvas.
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.