Red Earth Festival announces Emerging Artist Award

Posted by Eric Oesch on 04/18/2018

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Board of Red Earth, Inc, the non-profit organization that operates the Red Earth Art Center and produces the annual Red Earth Festival in downtown Oklahoma City, has announced the inaugural Red Earth Emerging Artist Award. The annual award will grant funding to emerging Native American artists, allowing them to participate in Oklahoma City’s award-winning Red Earth Festival.

            Two awards will be presented for the 32nd Annual Red Earth Festival scheduled June 9-10, 2018 at the Cox Convention Center. 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 Monday, May 7, 2018.

            To qualify, applicants must be a US Citizen, at least 18 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 five images of artwork, submit a one-page resume of art education, experience and achievements, and a 300-word essay. Visit www.RedEarth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information.

            The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association has awarded its Redbud Award for Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event to previous Red Earth Festivals, and USA TODAY has named the Red Earth Festival one of 10 Great Places to Celebrate American Indian Culture. The American Bus Association has listed the Red Earth Festival a Top 100 Event in North America placing it alongside such greats as the Indianapolis 500, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Calgary Stampede as one of the very best events. 

            Red Earth, Inc. is an Allied Arts member agency, an Adventure Road Travel Partner and is funded in part by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Oklahoma’s News 4.  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.

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