ABOUT CHEROKEE ART MARKET

The Cherokee Art Market is one of the largest Native American art shows in Oklahoma. It is where 150 elite artists and artisans from across the United States – representing 50 different tribes – come together to display and sell truly amazing jewelry, pottery, textiles, paintings, sculptures and more. You will find treasures here that will make your homes more beautiful and reward you for generations to come.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RULES, REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES

  1.  Artist must have a virtual booth in the Cherokee Art Market in order to be eligible for participation in the Cherokee Art Market competition.
  2.  Artists may submit up to two (2) art pieces into the competition.
  3.  All artwork in the artist’s virtual booth and submitted into competition must be for sale.
  4.  To be eligible for the competition , the following rules must be met:
    1.  Artwork must be handmade by the registered artist in the last 18 months.
    2.  Artwork must follow the guidelines for its medium.
    3.  Artwork must be a sole property of the registered artist.
    4.  Artwork must not have been commissioned.
    5.  Artwork that previously has been awarded at Cherokee Art Market will not be eligible for competition.
    6.  Artwork must not include any part of an endangered species.
    7.  Artwork must be complete.
  5.  If there are not enough participants in a category, artwork may be added to the judging of another category at the judges’ discretion.
  6.  Management has the right to make final decisions regarding all rules and regulations set forth by the Cherokee Art Market.
  7.  If entering a collaborative piece, all artists must be registered for the Cherokee Art Market with a virtual booth.
  8.  It is each artist’s responsibility to comply with all federal and state laws regarding migratory birds and endangered species.
  9.  No items other than fine art are to be sold during the Cherokee Art Market. Items not allowed for sale in virtual booths include the following:
    1. Commercially produced t-shirts, caps, mugs, mouse pads and non-handmade items.
    2. Any medium other than specifically accepted into the Cherokee Art Market unless previously authorized by a Cherokee Art Market official.
  10.  Cherokee Art Market reserves the right to prohibit an artist from participating in the market based on the artist’s failure to comply with the rules, regulations and guidelines of the market.
  11.  Artist may not gift anything to the Cherokee Art Market staff.

COMPETITIVE CLASSES RULES & REGULATIONS

CLASS 1: PAINTING, DRAWING, GRAPHICS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Allowable:

All two-dimensional art must be appropriately framed, finished and ready for hanging.

Photographs must be matted, framed and signed in a limited edition of no more than 50.

Color pencil, pastels, charcoal, oil crayons, pencil, pen & ink, mixed media and collage.

Not Allowable:

Iris of other digitally manipulated or reproduced photographs.

Any photomechanical reproduction, including posters, t-shirts, tiles or mugs.

 

CLASS 2: SCULPTURE- STONE, BRONZE, OTHER

Allowable:

All hand-wrought material-stone, wood, metal, ceramic, paper, cloth, hand-blown glass and fabricated glass and fiberglass.

Cast bronze sculpture in numbered editions, not to exceed 10 for 6’ + 24 for 3’ to 6’, 30 for 1’ to 3’ and 50 for less than 12”. All editions must be signed and numbered.  A certificate of authenticity is recommended.

Allowable with Disclosure:

All decorative stone, shell and metal elements must be properly identified and comply with the same standards established for allowable materials and non-allowable materials for jewelry.

Fixatives can be used to stabilize pigments, but must be disclosed. All termiteboard or aged wood must be disclosed.

All feathers must comply with current laws and regulations of state and federal agencies. Endangered species legislation is observed.

Not allowable:

Cast resins, cast miniature sculpture intended for use as jewelry, production cast open editions and sensitive materials.

 

CLASS 3: BEADWORK/QUILWORK

Allowable:

Purchased glass beads, commercially tanned leather, pins and jewelry must meet jewelry standards.

Allowable With Disclosure:

Commercially produced objects that are hand-beaded. i.e., tennis shoes, bottles, etc.

Nickel and brass beads not made by the artist must be disclosed.

All feathers must comply with all state and federal laws and regulations.

All attached materials, including buttons, collar tabs, beads and tin tinkers, must be properly identified and comply with jewelry standards.

Not allowable:

Plastic or synthetic parts of any kind, including beads, buttons, hair, hair pipe or polymer clay, commercially beaded or manufactured items of any kind.

 

CLASS 4: BASKETRY-TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY

Allowable:

Hand-worked materials, including natural glass fibers, horsehair, yarn, horn and bone.

Allowable With Disclosure:

All attached buttons, conchos, beads, leather and tin tinkers must be properly identified and comply with the jewelry standards for allowable and non-allowable materials.

Not Allowable:

Commercially altered or manufactured materials and dyes.

 

CLASS 5: POTTERY – TRADITIONAL, FIGURATIVE AND CONTEMPORARY

Allowable:

Handmade traditional pottery forms and hand-cultivated materials. Traditional firing methods, other than kiln.

Wheel-thrown pottery. Commercial materials and glazes. Kiln and double-fired materials.

Not Allowable:

No greenware or slip mold commercial pottery allowed.

 

CLASS 6: TEXTILES – TRADITIONAL WEAVING (RUGS, ETC.), CONTEMPORARY WEAVING (CLOTHING, ETC.)

Allowable:

Woven, sewn and embroidered textiles are accepted.

All sewn items must be designed and sewn by the artist. Handmade tinklers, German silver or silver buttons and ornaments will be given special consideration if made by the artist as well as the beadwork produced by the artist. Hand-woven, handspun and vegetable dyed yarn done by the artist will be given special consideration. All clothing must include artists label.

Vertical loom woven (no cut warps). Hand spinning and vegetable dyes will be given special consideration when done by the artist. Natural fiber only.

Belts, pouches, purses, sashes, leggings and horse gear may be woven, knitted or crocheted.

Vertical or horizontal woven. Synthetic and metallic yarns allowed as well as vegetable dyes and handspun yarns.  Woven and mixed media allowed.

Ensembles, fabrics and leather. Machine or other nontraditional ornaments may be included with disclosure. Sewing machine work is acceptable.

Not Allowable:

Commercially made garments or accessories (e.g. purses).

Liquid embroidery.

Iron-on applique.

Manufactured or non-Indian-made die-struck metal buttons or conchos.

Hot glue.

 

CLASS 7: JEWELRY

Allowable:

Organic and stone materials.                                                                 

Shell and natural organic materials, such as bone, wood, natural stones (turquoise, coral, lapis, etc.) other natural untreated stones and gemstones.

Natural pearls, finished stones and gemstones in cabochon, and faceted shapes set in metal settings.

All non-plated metals are allowed and must be identified clearly.

Gold must be 14 karat of higher.

Allowable Findings:

For the purpose of the Cherokee Art Market, these are defined as “an ingredient part of the finished product that adapts the product for wearing or use.” This includes jump rings, earring backs, clasps, barrette clips, money clips, hook & eyes, leather for bolo straps or concho belts, etc. FOR SHELL AND BEADMAKERS ONLY: single bead/cone combinations to finish ends of necklaces or earrings.

Allowable With Disclosure:

Stabilized turquoise must be disclosed to consumer.

Commercially available coral from temporary strands must be natural and undyed. The use of this coral can only be used in combination with handmade items.

Cast jewelry mold must be handmade, hand carved and poured by the artist. Castings that are made in mass-produced environments are prohibited.

Traditional gravity (hand) poured tufa, cuttle bone or sandstone must be limited to an edition of 12 pieces.

Wax carving and lost-wax casting can be used only for one-of-a-kind items.

Each limited edition must be numbered and signed with the artist’s hallmark.

Commercial chain may be used (as a finding) with hand-crafted items but not sold individually.

Not Allowable:

Imported or non-Indian handmade stone or shell beads and fetishes.

Imported and/or color treated nuggets or tumbled chips of any material.

Plastic or synthetic block or synthetic block reconstructed or compressed materials, such as coral, lapis, opal, etc.

Items assembled from non-Indian or manufactured components:

  • Machine-made or die-struck components or purchased cast blanks: rings, bracelets, bezel cups, leaves, bola tips, etc.
  • Silver or other metal beads.
  • Commercially drilled or pre-strung gemstones, natural pearls or glass beads, including restrung necklaces, “treasure” necklaces, made with commercial “found” objects.

Machine-made “liquid” silver and gold or plated materials, gold under 14 karat.

Rubber mold casting(s) or ANY mass-produced items by any casting method.

CLASS 8: DIVERSE ART FORMS

Allowable:

All work must be created by the submitting artist.

All beadwork and quillwork must be beaded by hand application.

Gourds, hides, furniture, buckskin, hats, gloves, belts, hand bags, gigs, marbles, dolls and sculpture.

Decorative stone, shell and metal elements must be properly identified and comply with the same standards allowable for jewelry.

Feathers must comply with all state and federal laws and regulations.

All weaponry must be made and sold for display purposes only.

Allowable With Disclosure:

Cultural accessories may be presented on commercially made items, i.e. hats, furs, beadwork and commercially tanned leather, but the commercial items must be disclosed.

For commercially processed hides, special consideration will be given to items made with native brain tanned or smoked hides.

Entry form should disclose curing/preservation method used.

Not Allowable:

Sensitive Materials and endangered species.

Plastic or synthetic parts, manufactured non-Indian or die-struck metal charms, buttons, etc., or commercially beaded items of any kind.

 
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