Jackson wins Trail of Tears Art Show grand prize

BY KENLEA HENSON
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04/18/2018 08:15 AM
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The 2018 Trail of Tears Art Show grand prize was awarded to Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson for his sculpture “Adadolisdi – The Prayer.” The show runs through May 5 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Artwork from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition can also be viewed until May 5 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation citizen John Gritts received first place in graphics at the Trail of Tears Art Show for his pen and ink drawing “Keep, Out, Indian Reservation, Government Property.” KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARK HILL – Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson won the grand prize for his sculpture “Adadolisdi – The Prayer” at the Cherokee Heritage Center’s 47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show.

Winners were announced during an April 6 ceremony and opening-night reception for the art show, which runs through May 5.

The TOTAS is the longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma and features authentic Native American artwork from artists of different federally recognized tribes. This year the show received 172 submissions from 89 artists representing 12 tribal nations. All featured artwork is available for purchase throughout the show’s duration.

CHC Curator Callie Chunestudy said the show received a record number of entries and has about 16 new artists who have previously entered the show.

“It’s a great opportunity for artists both new and seasoned to display their work and have it in a tribal museum. I think you will see a lot more variety. People are really starting to come into their own with things like graphic arts and coming out of the box a little more with sculptures and some of what people consider kind of the more traditional arts. So you get to see some new and interesting things you may have not seen before,” she said.

Artists competed for more than $15,000 in prize money in seven categories: painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures.

As the grand prize recipient, Jackson received $2,00 and a copper gorget. He said his inspiration for the piece came from what he starts each day with – prayer. “I use prayer to keep focused and to keep on task. Being an artist isn’t an easy job, especially being a self-employed artist, so I have to have something that keeps me focused and that is what prayer does for me.”

CN citizen Ron Mitchell took honorable mention in the graphics category for his piece “Out of the Darkness.” He said he’s been entering the show off and on since 1987.

“I like this particular show because it is the Trail of Tears show…It gives us a showcase that we can actually show artwork that depicts what happened to our tribe and a lot of the other tribes, too when the Removal Act took place,” Mitchell said.

Awards for the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition were also announced during the ceremony, which includes art by Native American youth from grades 6-12 and precedes the annual Cherokee Art Market in the fall. Youth artwork will be on display and for sale through the length of the show, too.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.Anadisgoi.com.


2018 Trail of Tears Art Show winners

Painting: Kenny Henson, Cherokee Nation, “Awi Usdi and the Invasive Species”

Sculpture: Paul Hacker, Choctaw Nation, “Eagle Song”

Basketry: Mike Dart, Cherokee Nation, “Wild Onion Gathering Basket”

Pottery: Jane Osti, Cherokee Nation, “Earth, Spirit and Fire”

Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee Nation, “Hero Twins”

Graphics: John Gritts, Cherokee Nation, “Keep, Out, Indian Reservation, Government Property”

Miniature: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Walking Home from the Store”

Emerging Artists: Mike Phillips, Cherokee Nation, “Balance of Life”

Trail of Tears Award: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal”

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award: Kindra Swafford, Cherokee Nation, “Bond”

Betty Garner Elder Award: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal”

2018 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition winners

Best of Show: Lindsay Petitt, Cherokee Nation, “Fireside Tales”

2-D, grades 6-10: Tyrus Teehee, Cherokee Nation, “Suli and the Waterbeetle”

2-D, grades 11-12: Xeneca LeClair, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, “Blue Shawl”

3-D, grades 6-8: Julia Lewis, Cherokee Nation, ???????

3-D, grades 9-10: Alexis Rietman, Cherokee Nation, “Exploring New Traditions”

3-D, grades 11-12: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out”

Judge’s Choice: Tucker Williams, Cherokee Nation, “Native Beauty”

Judge’s Choice: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out"

Judge’s Choice: Chloe Davis, Cherokee Nation, “Personification of Sunshine"

Bill Rabbit Award: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out”

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