Experience one of the country's most prestigious Native art shows on its 50th anniversary. Enjoy and purchase authentic Native art. Over 75 elite artists will be featured from July 2 - 31, 2021, at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The Trail of Tears Art Show began in 1972 with a goal of fostering the development of painting as a form of expressing Native American heritage in the Cherokee Nation and surrounding areas. The first few Trail of Tears Art Shows were held in the rain shelter of the Tsa La Gi amphitheater, on the grounds of what we know today as the Cherokee Heritage Center. In 1975, it was the first major temporary exhibition in the museum. Upon celebrating its 50th year, the show has expanded its categories, prizes, and professionalism over the years; becoming the longest running, juried, Native American art show in Oklahoma.

For 50 years the Trail of Tears Art show has been a premier exhibition for exceptional Native American artists and their work. Please click the button below to see a list of past Grand Prize Winners. 
Our featured artist is the Grand Prize winner of the 49th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show - “Cultural Appropriation” by Jerry Sutton, Cherokee Nation.

The Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale has been established as a fine art exhibition and competition with quality standards; as such, acceptance is juried. View the details, entry forms and FAQs.


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