The second annual Northern Woodland Indian Art Show & Market is set to kick off Friday, June 28, and continue Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30.

The art show featuring Native American artists has moved from the Sevenwinds Casino Event Center (former Bingo Hall) into the roomier casino Conference Center. The additional space was necessary to provide sufficient display area for the 30 artists who have already committed for the juried show, which by opening day is expected to include as many as 40 noted artists.

Unlike last year’s show, which was held during workdays to coincide with the Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW), this year’s show will be held over the weekend to facilitate greater attendance for this year’s event. 

Visitors can buy juried art but must wait until after the contest to take items home. Non-juried art can be taken home immediately.

The art show is officially an extension of the Northern Woodland Indian Art Show and Market of the Oneida Nation near Green Bay. The Oneida Nation has offered its large art show for the last 14 years.

Last year, a committee of Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) tribal members and artists contacted the Oneida originators about offering a local show. Michael Clarquist, local artist, one of gallery owners of The Studio in Hayward and art teacher at LCO Ojibwa Community College, is the head organizer of this year’s local art show.

Clarquist said the art show is being underwritten by generous donations from an art collector and the LCO Tribal Governing Board.

The juried portion of the show will feature five categories: Two-dimensional artwork (paintings, drawings, prints, photography), apparel (jewelry/beadwork, vests, regalia, hats, feather fans, moccasins) textiles (basketry, woven belts, quilts), wood/stone carving and youth. Winners will earn $750, $500 and $250 for first, second and third places in each category. Youth prizes are $250 for first place and $150 for second place. Honorable mentions in each category will also receive an award.

Artists must file an application with the fee to be in the show. 

Youth ages 10 to 18 can fill out a free application and enter one item in the juried competition.

The show will also produce a book including a bio of the artists and photos of their work.

A silent auction will be held throughout the three days to raise funds for the 2020 event. 

The art show hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, with a reception for artists, donors and guests from 6 to 8 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

An application form is available on Facebook at Northern Woodland Indian Art Show and also at Clarquist can be reached at or (715) 699-1280 (office) or (715) 558-9282 (cell). 

The Sevenwinds Casino Conference Center is located at 13767W County Highway B. 


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