Cherokee Art Market seeking art for youth competition

01/31/2020 02:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The 2019 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show Best of Show winner was Tahlequah eighth-grader Emma Sherron for “Woven Wall Hanging.” The 2020 show is scheduled for April 4 through May 12. COURTESY
PARK HILL – Native American youth are invited to participate in the 2020 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 4 through May 2 at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

All artists must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe, in grades 6-12, and are limited to one entry per person. There is no fee to participate in the competition.

In addition to the monetary awards listed below, the Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth in October at the Cherokee Art Market at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The 2019 Best of Show winner was Tahlequah eighth-grader Emma Sherron for “Woven Wall Hanging.”

“Having my own booth space at Cherokee Art Market was incredible,” Sherron said. “Everyone was very helpful, and it was amazing to be in the environment surrounded by so many elite artists. I learned to weave from my grandma, and she learned from her sister-in-law, my great-aunt, Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Ice. I can’t tell you how special it’s been for me to learn from them. Now I’m sharing traditional art in a way that’s specific to me, and I enjoy using different colors, patterns and sizes in my work. I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity this competition gave me and am excited and proud to carry on both my family and cultural traditions.”

Entries will be received from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 26 -7 27 at the Ho-chee-nee Chapel at Cherokee Heritage Center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive.

Submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist agreement form and a copy of the artist’s CDIB card or tribal card.

Artwork is evaluated by division and grade level. Awards include Best in Show at $250; first place at $150; second place at $125; third place at $100; and Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award at $100.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. on April 3 at the CHC in conjunction with the 49th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winning artwork selected from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will remain on display throughout the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show.

The Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition is hosted by Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. Applications are available at

For information, call Deborah Fritts at 918-384-6990 or email


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