Red Earth Seeks Entries for annual Youth Art Competition; Announces new dates and move to OKC Outlets

Posted by Eric Oesch on 03/14/2019

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 or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information about the Youth Art Show & Competition and the 33rd annual Red Earth Festival.