Craig Dan Goseyun liked the Lawrence Indian Arts Show so much that he sent his work three times in 1990, '91 and '92.
"Lawrence is a nice place,'' Goseyun, an Apache sculptor from Santa Fe, N.M., said Friday night at the opening of the Fourth Annual Indian Arts Show. "I was here in school at Haskell (Indian Junior College) in 1980, and it feels good to be here.''
"And the people have been kinder here than in any other show he's entered,'' said Susan Goseyun, Craig's wife.
The centerpiece of the arts show, the nationwide juried competition for traditional and contemporary art, opened with a reception and silent auction Friday night at the Kansas University Museum of Anthropology. The show is co-sponsored by the museum, the Lawrence Arts Center and Haskell.
THIS YEAR'S show features 148 artworks by 82 artists. More than 300 people attended the opening, where they could bid on 28 works of art donated by participating artists, said Maria Martin, coordinator of the Indian Arts Show.
The two best-in-show awards this year went to Roger McKinney, whose work is also on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, and Clarissa Hudson.
Events related to the show also include an Indian art market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Haskell, a display of Native American flutes at Haskell and an exhibit of Navajo textiles at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. The displays run through Oct. 25.
The juried show draws art from near and far. Chris Musgrave, a Baldwin artist, won a merit award in this year's show.
"I ALWAYS did it to honor my grandfather,'' said Musgrave, who is part Osage Indian. "I got a show in Seattle because someone saw my work here. It's a good place.''
Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally, from Pinehill, N.M., placed two pieces in the show, one acrylic and one watercolor.
"I enter every year,'' she said. "This way I get to visit.''
Over the past four years, the show made an impact on the Native American community in Lawrence, said Bob Martin, the president of Haskell.
"The quantity and quality of the show keeps improving,'' Martin said in his welcoming remarks to the assembled museumgoers. "This is the fourth annual show in 1992, and the number four is significant to American Indians. 1992 is also a significant year for American Indians because of the quincentennial (of Columbus' landing in North America). I'm thankful for the Indian Arts Show because it lets Native Americans share their art and the cultural traditions and heritage.''