GREATER TULSA INDIAN ART FESTIVAL
2019 Festival date to be announced
Glenpool Conference Center (show in Google maps)
The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival is the largest inter-tribal fine art show in the Greater Tulsa Area and is ranked one of the best national fine art shows for authentic Native American art, featuring prestigious award-winning artists.
The annual Festival includes a national, juried fine art show, cultural exhibitions, traditional dancing, entertainment, storytelling, and a Tribal Language Symposium.
2018 FEATURED ARTIST
CHEROKEE NATIONAL TREASURE JANE OSTI
The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival welcomes Cherokee artist Jane Osti as Featured Artist for the 2018 show, Feb 9-11 at the Glenpool Conference Center. Jane specializes in traditional Cherokee pottery.
In 2005, Osti was one of the youngest Cherokee artists to be appointed as a Living Treasure by Cherokee Nation. She has traveled and exhibited extensively since 1991, doing Museum shows and Indian Markets, winning prestigious awards and is followed by many international collectors.
Jane makes traditional Southeastern Woodland/Mound builders inspired pottery, also contemporary woodland style earthenware and Raku pottery. Jane creates clay sculpture and slab built (flattened clay) masks, platters and shields that are inspired by Woodland arts and artifacts. The images usually depict abstract animals, landscape and nature, with symbols of endurance, protection and celestial activity.
Her home and studio are in Tahlequah, OK, where she also graduated from Northeastern State University, with a Bachelors of Art, Fine Arts Magna Cum Laude in 1989 and a Masters of Science Education in 1992.
"I began making wheel thrown pottery and sculptures at NSU with instructor, Jerry Choate. In 1989, I met Cherokee potter Anna Mitchell, who introduced me to traditional Cherokee pottery. I learned the basics of coil building and wood firing. In 1993, I studied with John Reeve (of the Barnard Leach school of pottery, London, England) in Santa Fe, New Mexico."
Her pottery is coil built then decorated by incising or cutting the design into the clay or glazed for Raku firing. The pottery is wood fired or kiln fired or both, depending on the clay and the desired final outcome.
2018 HONORED ELDER ARTIST
WILLIAM HARJO - MVSKOKE
The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival welcomes Internationally recognized flutist and flute maker William Harjo, (Muscogee) Creek, as our Honored Elder Artist for the 2018 Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival (Feb 9-11 at the Glenpool Conference Center). Visit his booth to see his flutes, and enjoy his music throughout the Festival!
Harjo is a 6th generation flute maker and also writes and records flute music. William has had the honor of displaying and playing his hand made flutes four times at Smithsonian venues and has been written about in the Smithsonian Magazine. He specializes in flutes made from river cane, cedar, and exotic hardwood from Africa, Hawaii, Brazil, and South America.
William participates in national Native art markets around the country. He grew up in McIntosh County, OK with cultural ceremonies and speaking only his Mvskoke language until he started 1st grade.
The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival is in compliance with the "Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990," the Oklahoma "American Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1974" and its 2016 Amendment.