OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Red Earth, Inc., the non-profit arts organization that produces the annual Red Earth Festival, is currently seeking art entries from Native American children ages 9-18 for the 33nd Annual Red Earth Youth Art Competition & Show. The event, sponsored by the James H. & Madalynne Norick Foundation, is scheduled May 17-19 at the OKC Outlets, 7624 West Reno Avenue in Oklahoma City.
The Red Earth Youth Art Show & Competition is open to Native American youth who compete for prize money in three age divisions. Youth may submit artwork in eight art categories including pottery, painting/drawing, graphics/photography, sculpture, basketry, beadwork, cultural items and jewelry. Prize money is awarded to the top three winners in each division, along with a “Best of Show” award.
Art entries are due Friday, May 17, with registration from 10-1 pm at OKC Outlets. Artwork can be delivered by the artist, parent, or a teacher. Entries are limited to one entry per artist per category, but students may enter in as many categories as they wish.
All artwork will be on view Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 with an awards ceremony scheduled Sunday at 3 pm. The event is open free to the public. Award winners will be featured in a special exhibit at the 33rd annual Red Earth Festival, scheduled June 7-9 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Recent Red Earth Youth Art Competitions have drawn young artists from throughout the Midwest and Southwest United States. Many youth art participants have gone on to have successful careers as professional artists,
First Place winners in last year’s Red Earth Youth Art Show & Competition include:
Division I (ages 9-12) Kiki Shawnee (LeBiloxi Nakota-Chee), Tulsa, OK – Basketry
Kiki Shawnee (LeBiloxi Nakota-Chee), Tulsa, OK – Beadwork
Kautchdot Y. Quiver (Dine/Navajo), Albuquerque, NM – Cultural Items
Christie Jo Aultman (Muscogee/Seminole), Holdenville, OK – Jewelry
Anita Ashley Mitchell (Cherokee), Grapevine, TX – Painting/Drawing/Graphics
Lazarus McFerran (Chickasaw), Francis, OK – Pottery
Kaden Emery (St. Croix, Chippewa, Jemez Pueblo), Coralles, NM – Sculpture
Kiki Shawnee (LeBiloxi Nakota-Chee), Tulsa, OK - Sculpture
Division II (ages 12-15)
Sydney Anderson-Cullum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Basketry
Sydney Anderson-Cullum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK - Beadwork
Louisa Harjo (Creek, Seminole, Cherokee), Okemah, OK – Cultural Items
Sydney Anderson-Collum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Jewelry
Alyssa Underwood (Comanche), Yukon, OK – Painting/Drawing/Graphics
Sydney Anderson –Collum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Photography
Sydney Anderson –Collum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Pottery
Sidney Anderson-Collum (Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK - Sculpture
Division III (ages 16-18)
Aeneas Freeman (Chickasaw, Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Basketry
Aeneas Freeman (Chickasaw, Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Beadwork
Aeneas Freeman (Chickasaw, Choctaw), Oklahoma City, OK – Cultural Items
Avery Underwood (Comanche), Yukon, OK – Photography
Miko Milligan (Chickasaw), Ada, OK – Jewelry
Lindsay Petitt (Cherokee), Broken Arrow, OK – Painting/Drawing/Graphics
Jessica Mierle (Choctaw), Moore, OK – Pottery
Kaylee Martin (Chickasaw), Ada, OK - Sculpture
Red Earth, Inc. is an Allied Arts member agency and is funded in part by the James H & Madalynne Norick Foundation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Great Plains Coca Cola Bottling Co, and Tinker Federal Credit Union. 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.
Visit www.RedEarth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information about the Youth Art Show & Competition and the 33rd annual Red Earth Festival.