Red Cloud Indian Art Show

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is the largest and longest running Native American art show of its kind in the country, and one of only a few held on an Indian reservation hundreds of miles from any urban area.

Since 1969, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to The Heritage Center and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to view impressive works of art from seasoned Native American professionals and young Lakota artists just beginning their artistic careers. The annual show runs for ten weeks over the summer.

The exhibition, which typically showcases 160 submissions in categories as varied as painting and photography to beadwork and quillwork, features the work of more than 50 Native artists each year. Over $7000 in prizes are awarded in 24 different categories. The show is free and open to the public seven days a week, with free daily tours offered of not just The Heritage Center, but Red Cloud Indian School’s historic grounds.

This year, The Heritage Center will celebrate the 48th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show

Artist Entry Form, Deadlines and Guidelines

Any enrolled tribal member of the Native Peoples of North America including Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and First Nations of Canada may enter the Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Proof of enrollment (photocopy of Tribal ID, letter from tribe, etc.) must be included with entry form. Artists must be 18 years or older as of the first day of the art show. All works must be original and must have been produced by living artist within the past two years.


If you intend to enter artwork in this show please let us know by letter/email/phone call before MAY 6, 2016, how many works you intend to enter and in what division(s). Artwork must be at Red Cloud Indian School by 5:00PM Mountain Time FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016. NO works will be accepted after this time.

Letter of Intent: May 6th, 2016 | Artwork Due: May 13th, 2016


Under 18 years old? Submit an entry for our 2nd Annual Youth Art Show! Click HERE for more information.

Past Art Show Winners

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

For Questions contact Ashley Pourier, Curator, at (605) 867-8257.