Jackson wins Trail of Tears Art Show grand prize

BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
04/13/2016 02:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson’s piece titled “The Building of a Nation.” The piece won the 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale grand prize. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson’s piece titled “The Building of a Nation.” The piece won the 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale grand prize. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen and artist Troy Jackson won the 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale grand prize during a reception and awards ceremony on April 8 at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

“I entered in the sculpture category,” Jackson said. “My piece is titled ‘Building of a Nation.’ One of the things that inspired me…we’re at a time where our country is going to elect a new president. So I think sometimes of what it takes to build a nation and for a nation to survive.”

Jackson has entered the show 10 years and this year marks the fourth time he has won the grand prize.

He said the show is important for remembering Cherokee traditions while embracing the present.

“Maybe we don’t necessarily live the way we did years ago, but we still need to pass it on to our children about the way things were so we never forget,” he said. “I think it’s also a good time for artists such as myself to be doing contemporary work because we can also be showing what is being done and how we live today.”

The Trail of Tears Art Show is touted as the longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma. It is open to any federally recognized tribal citizen.

“It’s a special show because it’s juried,” CHC Curator Callie Chunestudy said. “We really try to pick the best of the best artists from the entire country and display their work and award them accordingly.”

Chunestudy said there were 80 artists from 15 tribes with 144 art pieces entered and 130 being accepted. She said the awards total more than $15,000 in cash prizes each year. The Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale runs through May 7.

Trail of Tears Art Show winners

GRAND PRIZE – Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “The Building of a Nation”

Painting, First Place – Dan HorseChief, Cherokee Nation, “The Firecatcher”

Sculpture, First Place – Matt Girty, Cherokee Nation, “Spring Forward Awohali”

Basketry, First Place – Mike Dart, Cherokee Nation, “The Burdens We Carry”

Pottery, First Place – Chase Earles, Caddo Nation, “Kahwis Kan Duck Pot”

Trail of Tears, First Place – John “Walkabout” Owen, Cherokee Nation, “Leaving Grandoma on the Trail”

Jewelry, First Place – Antonio Grant, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, “Joined Birds”

Graphics, First Place – Diana Stanfill, Cherokee Nation, “Wes Studi”

Miniature, First Place – Ronda Moss, Cherokee Nation, “Treasures Within Us”

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award – Shan Goshorn, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, “The Fire Within”

Emerging Artists, First Place – Sheila Brazil, Cherokee Nation, “A Guardian for the Journey”

Betty Garner Elder Award – Bessie Russell, Cherokee National Treasure

Awards for the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition were also announced. The competition showcased work from Native youth in grade 6-12.

Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition Show

BEST OF SHOW – Cierra Fields, Cherokee Nation, “Chief’s Honoring Robe”

Judges Choice, Grades 6-8 – Sydney Sawney, Cherokee Nation, “Across the Fire”

Two Dimensional, First Place, Grades 6-8 – Jaedyn Poulick, Cherokee Nation, “Red Dressed Indian”

Three Dimensional, First Place, Grades 6-8 – Tanner Williams, Cherokee Nation, “Shield of the Nation”

Judges Choice, Grades 9-10 – Noah Wilson, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, “Dark Starry Night”

Two Dimensional, First Place, Grades 9-10 – Kylee Osburn, Cherokee Nation, “Arabic Woman”

Three Dimensional, First Place, Grades 9-10 – Trey Pruitt, Cherokee Nation, “Dagsi Wants to Play”

Judges Choice, Grades 11-12 – Jana Yarborough, Cherokee Nation, “The Bird of Nature”

Two Dimensional, First Place, Grades 11-12 – TeAnna Woodrome, Choctaw Nation, “Nuni”

Three Dimensional, First Place, Grades 11-12 – Cierra Fields, Cherokee Nation, “Chief’s Honoring Robe”
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Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2006. He began as a graphic designer, a position that exposed him to all factions of the organization. Upon completing his j ...
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Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2006. He began as a graphic designer, a position that exposed him to all factions of the organization. Upon completing his j ...

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