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 47th Red Cloud Indian Art Show from June 7 to August 9.
According to the Heritage Center’s curator, Mary Maxon, this year’s exhibition displays the advancement and evolution taking place in the arts. "We can always count on this show to take the pulse of what is happening in the world of Native art - what the artists are interested in creating and sharing with us. One thing we notice this year is that the entries are typical in number but the individual pieces are smaller... it makes the gallery presentation look quite different!"