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We are excited to announce the 2022 Artesian Arts Festival will be June 25 in Sulphur, OK. This year’s in-person market will feature Chickasaw artists and will include live music, dance performances, food trucks and more. We invite all First American artists to participate in our online art market, beginning June 27.

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Artist Spotlight


Billy Hensley

Chickasaw contemporary abstract artist, Billy Hensley, paints unusual and fascinating linear and abstract work. Standing on the foundation of the rich history his ancestors provided, his goal is to be part of a movement to help current Chickasaw artists gain a foothold in the global art community. He experiments with new techniques and incorporates his native culture in his paintings bringing history and tradition to the present. His paintings are also about letting his feelings come out rather than making statements. In addition to acrylic painting, Billy also works in mixed media. 

Billy has participated in numerous art shows and festivals and recently showed his work in the Virtual Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) and in the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) virtual market. 

Read more about Billy, shop his original works of art, as well as prints, clothing and accessories at

The 2022 Artesian Art Festival is open to Chickasaw artists.

The juried art market features an artist competition and is open to Chickasaw artists. The deadline for competition entries is May 25, 2022, 5 p.m. CDT. Space is limited so artists are encouraged to apply early.

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Press Releases


Artesian Arts Festival and Artesian Online Art Market open call for Chickasaw artists

Chickasaw artists are invited to show their work at the Artesian Arts Festival Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Willis leans into artistic purpose while recovering from COVID-19

Illness from COVID-19 has proved to be both a scourge and a renaissance for Chickasaw artist and former Chickasaw Nation employee Nicole Willis.

Hometown historical society to honor Chickasaw artist

Acclaimed Chickasaw painter and sculptor Lance Straughn – one of many artists showing works at the Artesian Online Art Market – will be…
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