Vivian Garner Cottrell (Cherokee National Treasure) won the Grand Prize for the 50th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show for her piece "We Are Still Here."
BILL RABBIT LEGACY AWARD
Makayla Sloan is the Bill Rabbit Legacy Award Winner for the Beaded Pandemic Face Mask. This award is for original works in any medium or category. This award is sponsored by Rabbit Studios in honor of Cherokee National Treasure, 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.
BETTY SCRAPER-GARNER ELDER AWARD
Kenny Henson is the Betty Scraper Garner Elder Award Winner for his painting Medicine Bear Robe. This award is for original works in any medium or category by an artist 55 years of age or older. This award is sponsored by the Garner-Cottrell family, honoring the legacy of Betty Scraper-Garner. A 1993 Cherokee National Treasure in Basketry, she taught three generations of weavers in her family, including Cherokee National Treasure, Vivian Garner-Cottrell.
JENNIE ROSS COBB PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Melinda Schwakhofer is the Jennie Ross Cobb Photography Award Winner for Este Mvskokvlke Owis (I am Mvskoke). 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. This award is sponsored by First American Art Magazine.
TRAIL OF TEARS AWARD
Ernie Lee Poindexter is the Trail of Tears Award Winner for Removal Gathering. This award is given to one entry showing the best direct interpretable relationship to the Trail of Tears or Forced Removal theme.
EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Lee Anne Ghilain is the First Place Winner for painting Deer Chief. These are awards given for original works, in any medium or category, from artists who have shown in less than 3 previous TOTAS shows. Eligible artists cannot have won any previous TOTAS awards.