Annual Choctaw Nation Art Show

We are pleased to invite you to the 2024 Annual Choctaw Nation Art Show on behalf of Chief Gary Batton, Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr., and members of the Tribal Council. Attached is the art show application, which includes full details for entry into the show. We have made several improvements to this year’s show, and we hope you will take the time to review them.

We are delighted once again to host the Art Show Awards and Reception at the Choctaw Cultural Center, 1919 Hina Hanta Way, Calera, OK 74730. One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in this annual event is the opportunity for artists to come together, celebrate each other’s creations, and be inspired to continue the legacy of Choctaw artistry.


3/25 Application Opens
5/1 Application Closes
5/20 Statement Accepted / Rejected
6/28 Art Admitted for Quarantine
6/29 Art Admitted for Quarantine
7/8 Quarantine Starts
8/8 Quarantine Ends
8/8 Art Installation Begins
8/12 Art Installation Ends
8/13 Judging Complete
8/16 Art Show Opens to the public


  • Must be a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Must be 18 by the May 1, 2024, entry paperwork deadline.
  • Must submit all art works to be quarantined by the Cultural Center Collections Department.


All works submitted are subject to review for inclusion in this show. Any work that violates the entry rules or does not reflect the show’s overall quality will not be accepted. Participants juried out of the show will be contacted by phone, email, or mail regarding rejection. Judges will determine the winning artwork.


The Annual Choctaw Nation Art Show will be celebrated with an Awards Presentation and Artist Reception at the Choctaw Cultural Center. The reception is by invitation only. Each invitation allows admittance for the participating artist and one guest. Invitations will go out approximately one week before the reception.


  • Basketry
  • Beadwork
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Graphics/Photography
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Textile Art
  • Sculpture
  • Diversified Art


1. Choctaw Nation Art Show reserves the right to withhold awards in any category with insufficient entries.

2. All works submitted are subject to review for inclusion in this show. The Choctaw Nation Art Show reserves the right to reclassify any entry. Any work that violates the entry rules or does not reflect the show’s overall quality will be removed. Participants juried out of the show will be contacted by phone, email, or mail regarding rejection.

3. Artwork must be the sole property of the artist, and the artist must have the full unencumbered right, title, and interests in and to the artwork. Artwork must not have been commissioned.

4. Artwork must have been completed after August 2022. An exception is made for castings, allowing casting to begin before August 2022. However, the original sculpting must have been completed by September 2021.

5. Artwork that has previously been awarded at the Annual Choctaw Nation Art Show will not be eligible for entry.

6. Each artwork must visibly identify the artist’s name and title. For consistency, this information should mirror the name and title listed on the “Permission to Use Artwork Likeness” form. The maximum number of entries is 3.

7. All 2-dimensional entries must be ready to hang, i.e., glass or Plexiglas covering if needed, and all work must be hung by wire. (Entries with cardboard or sawtooth-type hangers will be disqualified.) Unframed gallery-wrapped canvases are acceptable if the edges are painted or appropriately finished.

8. All pottery must be fired to be eligible for entry and display — no unfired clay or greenware.

9. Entries must be painted on a generally recognized surface, such as canvas, paper, Masonite, hardboard, or plywood. Art on leaves, feathers, or saw blades will be rejected.

10. Entries that contain nudity will be disqualified.

11. Entries that contain parts of endangered species, such as feathers, claws, bones, fur, etc., will automatically be disqualified.

12. All works must have a prepaid return postage label. Arrivals after Friday, July 29, will not be accepted.

13. If arrangements need to be made to deliver outside of the hours of operation (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday), please contact the Art Show Director.

14. All artworks must be displayed at the Choctaw Cultural Center in Calera, OK.

15. All works will be mailed back to the artists at the conclusion of the Art Show.


While we do not usually recommend that artwork be mailed because of the possibility of damage/loss, we realize that many live far away and want as much participation as possible. All works will be quarantined by the Choctaw Cultural Center Collections Department and must be mailed in. All works should be mailed via UPS or FedEx to:

Choctaw Nation Art Show
1919 Hina Hanta Way
Calera, OK 74730

If mailing smaller items via USPS, please send to P.O. Box 668, Calera, OK 74730. Please provide a pre-paid return postage label for the return of your artwork. Mailed items are subject to the same rules as hand-carried items and must be delivered by July 29. If items are shipped, there is no guarantee that they will be returned in the carton it was mailed in, but all attempts will be made. Please check with FedEx or UPS regarding the arrival date and maintain your tracking information.