Submissions: Indian National Finals Rodeo Indian Cowboy & Cowgirl Art Show

2017 Indian National Finals Rodeo will also celebrate new Hall of Fame Inductees

Due to the popularity of paintings and photographs of ropers and riders both in the saddle and flying through the air on display at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in 2016, the event is hosting its second annual 2017 Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show this year.

Show coordinators Teri Dahle (Blackfeet), an Indian National Finals Rodeo barrel racer, breakaway rider and a 1983 Miss Indian Rodeo title holder and her husband Dennis, a 20-time Indian National Finals Rodeo qualifier, are seeking more submissions.

The only criteria is that the art has to come from the cowboys and cowgirls or have a family member who was involved in an Indian rodeo.

As the art show coordinator and official photographer for INFR, Teri Dahle says she knows there are many talented artists throughout Native communities in the U.S. and Canada and looks forward to connecting with them and potentially seeing their art at this year’s Indian National Finals Rodeo Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show.

Teri Dahle and her husband — owners of Cowboy Real Art and T/D Rodeo Photos — have spent 14 years on the Indian rodeo circuit, and have captured over a million images during their treks throughout America and Canada. “That’s a lot of up and down the road,” says Dahle.

“Because both Dennis and I come from horse cultures, in our own photographic work we try to show the outside world the people, beauty, and culture rooted in reservation life,” says Dahle.

Dahle says the idea for the art show arose from the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Art Show that invited a few Native American artists to participate.

“Our vision last year was to showcase Indian country cowboy and cowgirl artists within the 11 regions of Indian National Finals Rodeo. We ended up with good response from a variety of tribes to include Blackfeet, Oglala Lakota, Salish-Kootenai, Crow, Kainai, Siksika and the 3 Affiliated Tribes in both the U.S. and Canada.”

“Not only was the art on display, it was for sale and two dozen pieces or about $6,000 were sold.  Our first effort wasn’t juried, but we may do so this time,” says Dahle.

This year we’re also trying to create a stipend to the selected artists to help defray expenses to travel and show their creations. We’ll put out a call for art by the end of April and select the 2017 artists.

The 2nd annual Indian Cowboy and Cowgirl Art Show will be held concurrently with the 42nd annual Indian National Finals Rodeo, November 7-11 at South Point Equestrian Center.

Call (406) 845-8052 or email for further information or to submit to the show.

In 2017, five new Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees who have been “helping to create the Indian National Finals Rodeo and preserve professional Indian rodeo for future generations,” includes some familiar names to rodeo enthusiasts to include Ed Holyan, Traci Vaile, Levi Blackwater Sr., Julius Begay, and Dee Keener.

Since the Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 2011, 31 inductees have received the accolades, many of them are Indian National Finals Rodeo world champions and all are prominent in the Indian rodeo community.