By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Artist applications for the 2020 Red Earth Festival, scheduled June 13-14, are now being accepted. The 34th annual event will be held at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center in east Oklahoma City.
A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Red Earth, Inc. produces the annual Red Earth Festival, and is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.
Artist applications for the juried art market can be found online at redearth.org or by calling 405-427-5228. Booth space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Red Earth Festival draws thousands of people to a weekend that celebrates Native visual art and dance. The 2020 Festival will feature a new Sunrise Breakfast, Red Earth dance and special performances, and an artist’s mixer.
The Red Earth Festival has been listed No. 4 on the list “10 Places in the US where you can experience Native American culture” 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 named the Red Earth Festival as one of “10 Great Places to Experience Native Cultures.”
The three top award winners of the 2019 Red Earth Art Competition were Tuscarora artist Rosemary Hill of Sanhorn, NY recipient, of the Grand Award for Best of Show for her beaded collar entitled “Women’s Collar Artist Portraits”; Lester Ortiz a Navajo jeweler from Mentmore, NM, recipient of the Red Earth President’s Award for his piece entitled “Blue Moon”; and Judy Tafoya, a Santa Clara Pueblo potter from New Mexico, the recipient of the Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award for her piece entitled “Winged Blessings.”
First place winners in the 2019 competition by category included: Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo/Delaware), Beadwork; Alberta Henderson (Navajo), Clothing/Textiles/ Weaving; Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo/Delaware), Cultural Items; Linda Kukuk (Choctaw), Drawing/Graphic/Photography; Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw), Diversified Artwork; and Clifton Aguilar (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Contemporary Jewelry.
Other first place winners included Abraham Begay (Navajo), Traditional Jewelry; Donn Clark (Dine/Chiricahua), Painting, Oil/Acrylic; Lauren Reed (Choctaw/Cherokee) Painting, Water-based; Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Caddo), Traditional Pottery; Karin Walkingstick (Cherokee), Contemporary Pottery; and Gene “Iron Man” Smith (Sioux/Choctaw), Sculpture.
At the Red Earth Festival, guests can experience the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, offering contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire.
The Red Earth Art Center hosts a diverse schedule of art and historical exhibitions at locations throughout Oklahoma until its new home opens in the BancFirst Tower in 2021. The organization is custodian to a permanent collection of more than 1,000 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork.
An Allied Arts member agency, Red Earth is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, visit redearth.org.