First annual Native Artist Market and Juried Show announced


By Lindsay Box | Southern Ute Indian Reservation

The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM) is announcing its first annual Native Artist Market and Juried Show Sept. 9-11. 

The Native Artist Market and Juried Show will be held at the SUCCM 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 and Basketry.

• Sculpture.

• Painting, Drawing and Photography.

• Pottery.

• 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.

Joe. 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 area of the U.S. 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.

Lansing, a Ute Mountain Ute, 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. 

Box, a Southern Ute tribal member and veteran, was born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

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

Artists are encouraged to participate in the early-bird registration of $50 per booth. Early bird registration ends Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. The final registration deadline is 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 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,” shared Chairman Melvin J. Baker.

The mission of the SUCCM 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.