Osage Nation Announces Sesquicentennial Pendleton Blanket Design Competition

Press Release
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The Osage Nation is hosting a Pendleton blanket design competition with a design theme surrounding the Sesquicentennial (150th  Anniversary) of the Osage Reservation. A panel consisting of Osage Nation employees will review and select the winning design, which will be made into a custom Pendleton blanket. The winner will have the opportunity to receive a $1,000 cash prize and three Pendleton Blankets. Osage Nation Professional Services rules will apply.


“We are excited to provide this opportunity to our incredible artistic community,” said Wahzhazhe  Cultural Center and Visitor’s Center Director Addie Hudgins. “Our hope is that the blanket can  serve as a commemorative item at this significant moment for Osages to be passed along for  generations to come.” 

The contest is open to all Osages. Submission dates are March 14, 2022, through Friday, April 8,  2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submissions can be made at  osagenation-nsn.gov. If any individual needs submission support, he/she/they can email  @email, call (918) 287-5580, and/or visit the Osage Nation Visitor’s  Center. Participants can submit any form of art including digital designs, drawings, paintings,  crafts, sculpture, pottery, etc. If the form is not digital, participants can take a picture and upload it to the submission form. As part of the submission, participants are asked to describe the design including process and materials, meaning (personal and theme), influences (cultural),  and to describe the story you are telling with your design. 

The selection panel will judge the submissions based upon the quality of design, originality,  message, accessible subject, and appeal of the story. Criteria details and previous Pendleton design competition examples will be made available for review within the submission form.  Submissions will be provided to the selection panel anonymously and the Visitor’s Center staff will tally the scores and announce the winner. 

The winning design will be made into a custom (64 in. x 80 in., 82% wool/18% cotton jacquard weave) commemorative Pendleton blanket. Osage Nation will order 250 blankets; a portion will be made available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center. Additional units may be ordered based on demand. 

Sesquicentennial Pendleton Blanket Design Competition 

  • Submission dates: Monday, March 14, 2022 - Friday, April 8, 2022
  • How to submit: Submit at osagenation-nsn.gov within the submission dates.
  • Design announcement date: Friday, April 22, 2022