Red Earth Festival announces call for 2019 artist applications

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/30/2018 04:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Artist applications for the 33rd annual Red Earth Festival, scheduled June 7-9 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, are being accepted.

Each year, the award-winning juried arts festival draws thousands of people to a three-day weekend celebrating Native visual art and dance.

The 2019 Red Earth Festival will feature new 10-foot and 15-foot wide booth space options, expanded art check in hours for the Adult Art Competition and a Festival Kick-Off Party & Awards Ceremony at the Red Earth Art Center.

Artist applications for the award-winning juried art market can be found at www.redearth.org, or obtained by calling 405-427-5228. Booth space is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 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 included the Red Earth Festival as one of “10 Great Places to Experience Native Cultures.”

The three top award winners of the 2018 Red Earth Art Competition included Cherokee artist Ron Mitchell of Park Hill, recipient, of the Grand Award for Best of Show for his painting titled “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.” Nelda Schrupp, a Pheasant Rump Nakota jeweler from Nakota, North Dakota, received the Red Earth President’s Award for “Lulil Bag,” and Tonya June Rafael, Navajo jeweler from Thoreau, New Mexico, received the Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award for her “Sterling Silver Purse.”

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