TULSA — One of the largest Native American art exhibits in the state returns to Hard Rock Tulsa October 8-9, showcasing more than 150 elite Native American artists from across the country.
“The First Lady and I couldn’t be happier to once again host this incredible event,” said Cherokee Nation Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “COVID-19 has challenged us in so many ways and we have worked hard to find innovative opportunities to celebrate Indigenous art through online platforms and virtual marketplaces. While we have more than achieved our goal of supporting artists in these challenging times, we look forward to returning to the in-person Cherokee art market that we all know and love. We look forward to welcoming artists and guests to the Cherokee Nation reservation and continuing our efforts to invest in the preservation and promotion of culture and native art.
More than 40 tribes will be represented at the 17th Annual Cherokee Art Market, with artwork ranging from beadwork, pottery, paintings, basketry, carvings, textiles and more.
Visitors can meet each jury artist directly and learn more about their work. Additionally, the virtual marketplace will feature live cultural demonstrations and artist conversations from some of the nation’s top Native American artists each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The artists you’ll find when visiting the Cherokee Art Market are truly the best,” said Deborah Fritts, Cherokee Art Market Coordinator. “They all share such passion and enthusiasm for authentic Native American art that they are eager to share with the public. That is truly what makes the difference. Our artists create an immersive and inclusive environment. Whether you are a top collector or someone who just wants to learn more, Cherokee Art Market is a wonderful experience and we are so grateful to be back in person this year.
Many participating artists also compete for their share of more than $75,000 in prize money awarded in nearly 30 categories.
This year, a new recognition was added to the list of great honors thanks to a private donation. The Jesse Hummingbird Legacy Award honors the late Cherokee artist who was recognized as a National Treasure in 2017 for his painting. It will be awarded to the artist who best exemplifies contemporary style painting or drawing using oil, acrylic or prismatic color on paper or canvas.
A kick-off reception will be held in the Sky Room at Hard Rock Tulsa on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. to welcome the artists and announce the winning work. The public is invited to attend the reception for $35 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Cherokee Art Market is presented by Cherokee Nation Businesses. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sequoyah Convention Center at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free.
Co-sponsors include Native American Art Magazine and Tulsa People.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. For more information, visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.