Winners announced for 47th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition

April 6, 2018

The 2018 Trail of Tears Art Show Grand Prize was awarded to Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, for “Adadolisdi – The Prayer.” Pictured left to right: Junior Miss Cherokee, Danya Pigeon; Cherokee Nation citizen and artist, Troy Jackson; Miss Cherokee, Madison Whitekiller.

Special exhibit on display through May 5

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center announced the winners of the 47th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale during an awards celebration on Friday. The 2018 Grand Prize was awarded to Troy Jackson for “Adadolisdi - The Prayer.”

The longest-running American Indian art show in Oklahoma runs through May 5 and features a variety of authentic Native American art.

Artists competed for more than $15,000 in the following categories: painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures. The show received 172 entries from 89 artists representing 12 tribal nations. Artwork featured in the show is available to purchase.

The following summary highlights the 2018 TOTAS Grand Prize and First Place winners:

Trail of Tears Art Show
Category / Place

Artist Name / Affiliation / Art Piece

GRAND PRIZE

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “Adadolisdi - The Prayer”

Painting, First Place

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

Sculpture, First Place

Paul Hacker, Choctaw Nation, “Eagle Song”

Basketry, First Place

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

Pottery, First Place

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

Jewelry, First Place

Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee Nation, “Hero Twins”

Graphics, First Place

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

Miniature, First Place

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

Trail of Tears Award

Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal”

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award

Kindra Swafford, Cherokee Nation, “Bond”

Emerging Artists, First Place

Mike Phillips, Cherokee Nation, “Balance of Life”

Betty Garner Elder Award

Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal”


Awards were also announced for the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition. The youth competition features art by Native youth in grades 6-12 and precedes the annual Cherokee Art Market in the fall.

The following summary highlights the 2018 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition First Place winners and Judges Choice:

Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition
Show / Category / Place

Artist Name / Affiliation / Art Piece

BEST OF SHOW

Lindsay Petitt, Cherokee Nation, “Fireside Tales”

Two Dimensional, First Place, Grades 6-10

Tyrus Teehee, Cherokee Nation, “Suli and the Waterbeetle”

Two Dimensional, First Place, Grades 11-12

Xeneca LeClair, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, “Blue Shawl”

Three Dimensional, First Place, Grades 6-8

Julia Lewis, Cherokee Nation, ᏘᎵᏧᎶᏲᏍᏘ

Three Dimensional, First Place, Grades 9-10

Alexis Rietman, Cherokee Nation, “Exploring New Traditions”

Three Dimensional, First Place, 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”


The 2018 Trail of Tears Art Show is made possible through the generous support of Chickasaw Nation, Bank of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Garner-Cottrell Family, BancFirst, Rabbit Studios and Holiday Inn.

The Trail of Tears Art Show began in 1972 with the intent 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 Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.