Artesian Online Art Market to showcase Chickasaw and Southeastern Indian art
Release Date: May 22, 2020
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
This year, art lovers and buyers can maintain responsible distancing while browsing Chickasaw and Southeastern Indian art online at ArtesianArtsFestival.com , thanks to the vision of Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.
More than 100 American Indian artists were scheduled to show works May 23 at the Seventh Annual Artesian Arts Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since premiering in Sulphur, Oklahoma, in 2013. The event is hosted annually by the Chickasaw Nation. It was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Immediately after making the call to ensure the health of everyone, Governor Anoatubby directed an online opportunity for artists to display and market art.
Chickasaw and Southeastern Indian art will find a home virtually now through July 31, according to James Wallace, director of visual arts media and design for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Arts & Humanities.
“The Chickasaw Nation will host the site. Each artist will have the opportunity to display up to five pieces of art that are available to purchase. Those transactions will be made between the artist and the buyer. We are pleased we can do something to show the high quality and creative beauty of the artists who would have been included in the arts festival,” he said.
Wallace is coordinating with artists wanting to partake in the online art market.
“It may well be new artists will join during the two-month Artesian Online Art Market. We are sending out invitations to participate and we look for a high number of artists to display art,” he added.
Chickasaw and other Southeastern Indian artists juried into the Artesian Arts Festival prior to cancellation may contact Wallace at James.Wallace@Chickasaw.net for information on how to join the Artesian Online Art Market or for other inquiries.