47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show opens April 7

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/06/2018 04:45 PM
PARK HILL — The longest-running American Indian art show in Oklahoma returns to the Cherokee Heritage Center with the 47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show, which runs April 7 to May 5.

Artists compete for more than $15,000 in the categories of painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures.

Those looking to enter artwork must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe or nation and complete submission requirements before 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 16. A $10 fee is charged per entry to help support art show expenses.

A photograph of the completed work, an entry form and the entry fee must be submitted to callie-chunestudy@cherokee.org before the deadline. A list of accepted artwork will be posted at www.CherokeeHeritage.org on March 22.

An awards reception will be held at 6 p.m. on April 6 at the CHC to recognize honorees in each category. The reception is open to the public and free to attend.

In addition to the April 7 exhibit opening, several Cherokee National Treasures will sign copies of the recently released “Cherokee National Treasures: In Their Own Words” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The book may be purchased in the gift shop for $49.99.

The Trail of Tears Art Show began in 1972 to create a venue where diverse art forms can be used to exhibit American Indian heritage. Initiated before the completion of the museum, the art show was held in the rain shelter of the Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater. In 1975, it became the first major exhibition in the present museum.

The CHC’s mission is to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive. For information on the art show, 2018 season events, operating hours and programs, call 1-888-999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

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