The Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) and SEASAM Youth has been part of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival since 2005. SEASAM and SEASAM Youth provide a unique marketplace where adult and youth artists from federally recognized Southeastern tribes can flourish. The competition portion of the market includes category awards, division awards and a Best of Show award for adults and judges' awards, division awards and a Best of Show award for youth.
Allowing for the continuation of connecting patrons with one-of-a-kind and exciting First American art and artists, our 2020 and 2021 SEASAM competitions and markets were moved to a virtual format for the safety of artists and patrons.
We are very excited that the 2022 Southeastern Art Show and Market and SEASAM Youth will once again be in-person and part of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival. The market will take place in Tishomingo, Oklahoma on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
The 2020 Artesian Arts Festival, set for May 23, 2020 was canceled. As the coronavirus, or COVID-19, spread globally and cases continued to in the United States, including Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation canceled the annual event out of an abundance of caution. Please check back periodically for updated information.
The festival is open to artists from all federally recognized tribes. Accepted artists are invited to enter the juried art competition and participate in the art market. The festival also offers a wide variety of tribal dance demonstrations, musical entertainment, artist talks, food vendors and children’s activities.
The Artesian Arts Festival is located on the beautiful Artesian Plaza in downtown Sulphur, Oklahoma, and nestled among the Artesian Hotel and Casino, the Artesian Gallery and Studios, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and numerous boutiques and shops.