Youth art accepted from Tamástslikt ArtWORKz


PENDLETON - Tamstslikt Cultural Institute encourages all youths under age 19 to participate in an upcoming art show and competition, ArtWORKz.

Since its opening in 1998, Tamstslikt Cultural Institute has hosted an annual Tribal art show in which tribal artists of all ages were showcased.

As the years advanced, however, the show dwindled in community interest and entries dropped in quantity.

Therefore, to once again give art and its creative expression a prominent place in the tribal cultural interpretive center, Tamstslikt Cultural Institute invites all youths from around the region to submit an original art object for competition.

"This will be a great opportunity for young artists to display their artwork in a professional, world-class museum setting," said Randall Melton, collections curator.

The ArtWORKz show will be on exhibit in the Tamstslikt gallery from Jan. 9 through Feb. 18.

Art submissions must be received at the Tamstslikt Cultural Institute between Dec. 1-19, 2011. There is no entry fee.

An information sheet and entry forms can be accessed online at

Only one piece of art may be submitted for competition but for artists who wish to display more, the show features a Sharing Zone in which up to three works may be submitted but not judged in competition.

The show is open to individuals and groups of collaborating artists.

All forms of art media are acceptable including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography digital computer-generated art, fiber art and any discipline of artwork including traditional Tribal work such as beadwork, weaving, and parfleche painting.

The show will be judged by recognized professional artists and awards will be presented at an artists' reception on Feb. 1.

The three age categories are 10 and under, 11-14 and 15-18.

Judging will be based on artistry, creative vision, technical merit,and presentation.

Young artists will compete for Grand Prize, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Honorable Mentions and Best Emerging Artist. The People's Choice award will be the result of visitor votes collected Jan. 9-31.

For more information, call Susan Sheoships, education coordinator, Tamstslikt Cultural Institute at 541-429-7723 or email her at


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