Tulsa Indian Art Festival

The 2012 Tulsa Indian Art Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday February 16-18, 2012 at the Glenpool Conference Center, at Hwy. 75 and 121st St South.

The Featured Artist for 2012 is Debbe Edwards, member of the Cherokee Nation. The Premiere Night Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday night, 7:00 p.m., at the historic Perryman Ranch just a short 1½ miles from the Center.  The evening will feature a dinner buffet of all Native foods, silent and live auctions and entertainment.

Entry forms for artists and students are online, click here for more.

Sponsorship/Advertising opportunities available.

•    General Admission: $8.00 per person / 3-Day Pass: $10.00
•    Student & Senior Day on Friday: $5.00
•    Premiere Night Benefit Dinner:  $35.00 / Tables: $500.00
•    Authentic American Indian Food, Storytelling & Entertainment •    Contact: 918.298.2300 or info@tulsaindianartfestival.com

Twenty-six years ago when The American Indian Theatre Company of Oklahoma performed "The Trial of Standing Bear," Randy Mantooth came from California to Tulsa to portray Standing Bear. He commented to Monetta Trepp that since Tulsa is in the heart of Indian Country, American Indian artwork should play a prominent role in the city and he found none. Around November, 1986, Monetta and five of her friends met for lunch and the Tulsa Indian Art Festival was conceived. The goal was to showcase the outstanding artwork of Oklahoma’s Indian Country and to create an awareness of the rich and diverse culture of the American Indian. At that time, there was no other annual Indian fine art market in Oklahoma. There was no money, there were no artists contacts, and no one knew what a "Festival" should be or how to accomplish whatever that was. Good intentions and faith would be enough. 

Throughout its 26 year history, the Festival has survived snow storms, tornado sirens, electrical failure, lack of funding and numerous moves. Two of the founders remaine active. The Tulsa community has become more involved. American Indian art has become a household word. Many American Indian students have been recipients of the TIAF scholarship program and Tulsa has become known as a destination for American Indian art. 

Click here to reach the festival web site: www.tulsaindianartfestival.com
– here to reach the festival Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tulsaindianartfestival
– here to reach the festival Twitter site: www.twitter.com/TulsaIndianArts