Winners announced for annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show

08/21/2019 04:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Hogner-Weavel won the grand prize for blue wool coat with mink collar and cuffs features red and white cording accents and hand-beaded southeastern designs. She calls it “Heart on Heart.” COURTESY
PARK HILL – The Cherokee National Historical Society announced the winners of the 24th annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at an awards reception on Aug. 9.

Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Hogner-Weavel was awarded the grand prize for “Heart on Heart.” The blue wool coat with mink collar and cuffs features red and white cording accents and hand-beaded southeastern designs.

“This is a very big surprise for me, and I am truly honored by this recognition,” Hogner-Weavel said. “I won the show in 2003, and it has always been my goal to win one more time. I am thankful to the judges for recognizing the heart and soul in my work and appreciate the community of artists I’m surrounded by. It’s wonderful when artists can come together in support of one another. This is an amazing show with talented artists and dear friends, and I hope it is enjoyed during its showing.”

The Cherokee art show and sale runs through Sept. 21 and showcases 119 pieces by 73 artists, including six Cherokee National Treasures and a United Keetoowah Band Tradition Keeper. The show features two divisions: traditional and contemporary.

The traditional division is defined as “arts originating before European contact” and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts.

The contemporary division is defined as “arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact” and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.

“This show is a celebration of the Cherokee people and the incredibly gifted artists who share our unique history and culture with the world,” CHC Executive Director Dr. Charles Gourd said. “These artists have dedicated themselves to mastering their crafts, and their role as storytellers will help shape the Cherokee narrative for generations to come.”

Artists competed for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money, sponsored by Cherokee Nation Businesses. First-place winners in each category are:

• Traditional Arts: Phyllis Jimmeye, “Gathering Bag,”

• Traditional Basketry: Mike Dart, “Fishin’ Basket,”

• Contemporary Pottery: Crystal Hanna, “Tradition Keeper,”

• Contemporary Basketry: Vicki Coppedge, “Peaceful Journey,”

• Visual Arts: Dino Kingfisher, “Provided For,”

• Sculpture: Troy Jackson, “The Passing of a Generation,”

• Beadwork: Carolyn Pallett, “Southeastern Resound,”

• Textiles: Karen Berry, “Riverbank,” and

• Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, “Everglades Bracelet, Braided Cord Motif.”

Other special awards were the Emerging Artist Award won by DeAnn McDaniel for “Crazy Dog” and the Bill Rabbit Legacy Award won by Julie Brison for “New Beginnings Are Coming.”

For a complete list of winners, visit

The CHC is at 21192 S. Keeler Drive. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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