Exhibition dates: September 6–December 21, 2024
Submission deadline: February 15, 2024

For the fifth iteration of Contemporary Indigeneity, the Great Plains Art Museum seeks Native American artists addressing any issues and themes relevant to the contemporary Indigenous experience on the Great Plains. A panel of Native American art professionals will review the submitted work and make selections based on the artwork’s aesthetic merit and contribution to the field of contemporary art.

The museum and its parent organization, the Center for Great Plains Studies, are committed to increasing the representation of and providing a platform for Native artists in their collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Contemporary Indigeneity plays a key role in that initiative.

The Center for Great Plains Studies loosely defines the Great Plains as a region that stretches westward from the Missouri River at Omaha and Kansas City to the Rocky Mountains and northward from the Texas Panhandle into the Canadian Prairie Provinces.

Entry guidelines
The University of Nebraska is a land-grant institution with campuses and programs on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Otoe-Missouria, Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Kaw, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples, as well as those of the relocated Ho-Chunk, Sac and Fox, and Iowa Peoples.
Artist & Artwork Eligibility

  • This exhibition is open to all Native American artists who work within or address themes relevant to the Great Plains.
  • Artists must be 18 years or older at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must be original works of art and created during or after 2022.
  • All submissions must be available for display during the entire run of the exhibition (Sept. 6–Dec. 21, 2024). Artwork will be returned by mid-January 2025. The Great Plains Art Museum will cover all incoming and outgoing shipping costs.
  • There are no limitations on artwork media. Two-dimensional artwork cannot exceed 70 inches on the longest side (frame included). Three-dimensional artwork and its packaging cannot exceed 135 inches in length and girth combined and cannot weigh more than 100 pounds.

See our website for additional guidelines.

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