Red Earth announces call for Emerging Artist Applicants

Posted by Eric Oesch on 02/27/2020

            OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Red Earth, Inc, the non-profit organization that produces the annual Red Earth Festival has announced a call for applications for the Red Earth Emerging Artist Award. The annual award grants funding to emerging Native American artists, allowing them to participate in Oklahoma City’s award-winning Red Earth Festival.

            The award is presented for the 34th Annual Red Earth Festival scheduled June 13-14, 2020 at The Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, OK. The Emerging Artist Award provides booth space at the Festival Art Market, an opportunity to compete in the Red Earth Festival art competition and $150 for expenses. Deadline to apply for consideration is Friday, April 10, 2020.

            Past recipients have included Amber DeBoise (Navajo) and Kaitlyn Tingle (Choctaw) in 2018, and Steven Morales (Cherokee) in 2019.

            To qualify, applicants must be a US Citizen, at least 19 years of age and be able to provide proof of tribal membership in a federal or state-recognized tribal entity. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in a school or fine arts program.

            Applicants must fill out an Artist Application, provide 3-5 images of artwork, submit a one-page resume of art education, experience and achievements, and an Artist Background. Visit or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information.

            Red Earth has garnered numerous accolades through its 40-year history. Red Earth was a finalist for the 2018 ONE Award for the Arts presented by the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association has twice named Red Earth Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event.

            The January 2020 issue of COWBOYS & INDIANS MAGAZINE lists Red Earth Festival in their "Best of the Fests" story, while USA TODAY has named the Red Earth Festival one of 10 Great Places to Celebrate American Indian Culture. Red Earth has also been recognized by the American Bus Association a Top 100 Event in North America, joining a list that includes the Rose Bowl Parade, Calgary Stampede and the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.

            Red Earth, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. The organization is an Allied Arts member agency and AdventureRoad Travel Partner. Red Earth is funded in part by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, James H & Madalynne Norick Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma’s News 4, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma’s Adventure Road and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

Red Earth, Inc. is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.