ABOUT TRAIL OF TEARS ART SHOW & SALE

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 present 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.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COMPETITION CATEGORIES & AWARDS

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

Category 1: Basketry

Category 2: Diverse

Category 3: Graphics

Category 4: Jewelry

Category 5: Miniatures

Category 6: Paintings

Category 7: Photography/Digital Art

Category 8: Pottery

Category 9: Sculpture

 

 

AWARD AMOUNTS:

Grand Prize - $1,700 and prize gorget

1st place Category - $600

2nd place Category - $400

3rd place Category - $200

Honorable Mention - $50

 

 

Special Awards

Trail of Tears Award - $1,200 and prize gorget. This award is given to one entry showing the best direct interpretable relationship to the Trail of Tears or Forced Removal theme. Works eligible for this award also will be eligible for awards in their respective category.

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award - $200. This award is for original works in any medium or category that honors the work of Cherokee National Treasure Bill Rabbit. This award is sponsored by Rabbit Studios in honor of Bill Rabbit’s artistic achievements and legacy.  He was a self-taught artist and US Veteran whose work is featured in the CHC’s Trail of Tears exhibit and his paintings are prized throughout the nation. Works eligible for this award also will be eligible for awards in their respective category.

Betty Scraper-Garner Elder Award - $200. This award is for original works in any medium or category by an artist 55 years of age or older.  Betty Scraper-Garner, a 1993 Cherokee National Treasure in Basketry, taught three generations of weavers in her family.  Her daughter, Cherokee National Treasure, Vivian Cottrell and grandchildren honor her legacy through this award. Works eligible for this award also will be eligible for awards in their respective category.

Jennie Ross Cobb Photography Award - $200. This award is given for the most outstanding photograph. Given in honor of former Park Hill, OK resident Jennie Ross Cobb, the first Female Native American Photographer. Sponsored by First American Art Magazine. Works eligible for this award also will be eligible for awards in their respective category.

$200.  Therse awards are given for original works in any medium or category from Cherokee artists who have shown in less than three previous TOTAS shows. Eligible artists cannot have won any previous TOTAS awards. Works eligible for this award also will be eligible for awards in their respective category.rd $400, 3nd $600, 2stEmerging Artist Awards - 1

People’s Choice Award - $100. Each person viewing the Trail of Tears Art Show will receive a ballot to vote for his or her favorite artwork.  The virtual voting details are TBD and will be updated soon. 

Judging/Eligibility

Three judges selected for their knowledge of art and art history will determine the winning entries.  The judge’s decisions are final.  Judges will not be employees of CNB, Cherokee Nation, or immediate family of any accepted artists.

Winners will be announced during the awards presentation July 1, 6pm.

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