The two major annual, competitive art shows are coming up. Both are great opportunities for emerging Native artists to showcase their work and are free to enter.
The 41st Annual Trail of Tears Art Show takes place at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma. This year the Chickasaw Nation is the primary sponsor of the show. It's open to all members of any federally recognized tribe, pueblo, or Alaskan village, over the age of 18. Categories are painting, graphics, sculpture, pottery, basketry, and jewelry. Digital images of entries should be emailed to Mickel-yantz (at) cherokee.org (ignore what the rules pdf says; the cherokeeheritage.org e-mails don't work anymore). Accepted entries will be posted on March 21. The show runs from April 8, 2012 to May 8, 2012.
A pdf entry form and rules can be downloaded here.
The 44th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show takes place at the Red Cloud Heritage Center and Museum in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This show is open to all members of US federally recognized tribes, as well as Native Hawaiians and First Nations and Inuit of Canada. Divisions are painting, drawing, graphics, photography/computer generated art, mixed media, three dimensional, and contemporary or traditional cultural items, such as beadwork, quillwork, musical instruments, textiles, and clothing. An email or letter stating intention to enter that show must arrived by May 1, then entries must be delivered by May 11. The show runs from June 3 through August 12, 2012.
An entry form and rules can be downloaded here.
There's actually a third, annual intertribal show. The Cherokee National Holiday Show, sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend is actually open to all US federally recognized tribes; however, I'm not sure they are equipped to receive and ship artwork out of the region. Check this website closer to the date for more information.