First Annual Native Artist Market & Juried Show

Photo Credit: SU Cultural Preservation Dept.

The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM) announces its first annual Native Artist Market & Juried Show; Friday, Sept. 9 — Sunday, Sept. 11. The Native Artist Market & Juried Show will be held at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum during this year’s centennial Southern Ute Tribal Fair. A host committee will serve as judges for the juried show. Submission categories are: Best of show; jewelry; beadwork; textiles & basketry, sculpture; painting, drawing, & photography; pottery; and emerging artist.

Award winners will share $4,000 in cash prizes. The members of the host committee are Ute artists Oreland Joe, Jr., Norman Lansing, and Russell Box, Sr.

  • Oreland C. Joe Sr. was born in Shiprock, N.M., where he grew up on both the Navajo and Southern Ute reservations. His art is influenced by his roots in the Four Corners region of the Southwest combined with classical influences he gained while studying in France, Italy, and Japan. Joe works in a variety of media and is world-renowned for his stone and bronze sculpture.
  • Norman Lansing, a Ute Mountain Ute, who was born in Towaoc, Colo. Lansing works in all media and is best known for his sgraffito etchings on ceramic vases. He is also known for his acrylic paintings and pen and ink drawings. His art often explores the “relationship between man, animal, earth, and the spirits of all living entities” that are all needed to form a balanced universe.
  • Russell Box, Sr., a Southern Ute tribal member and veteran, born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

The Native Artist Market & Juried Show will bring Native artists from all tribal nations together to showcase their art and provide networking and learning opportunities. Oreland Joe will lead a workshop for emerging artists that will focus on the business aspects of the art profession.

“The Tribe looks forward to sharing our beautiful reservation and welcoming tribal community with the artists who will be participating in the show. This will provide an excellent opportunity for Native artisans to showcase their talent and skill,” Chairman Melvin J. Baker said.

Artists are encouraged to participate in the early bird registration of $50 per booth. Early bird registration ends Monday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. The final registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Registration information can be found on the SUCCM website at To RSVP, please contact SUCCM employee Waynoka Whiteskunk, at 970-563-2979 or via email at

The mission of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is to foster understanding of and respect for the unique origin, culture, language, history, and way of life of the Núuchiu (Ute People) and to advance people-to- people relations through inclusive and effective programming and services.


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