46th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show Opens April 8

Published January 31, 2017

Cherokee Heritage Center accepting submissions until March 15

TAHLEQUAH — The longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma returns to the Cherokee Heritage Center, with the 46th annual Trail of Tears Art Show presented April 8 through May 6.

Artists compete for more than $15,000 throughout various categories, such as painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures.

Those looking to submit artwork must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe and enter before March 15. All entries must be submitted to callie-chunestudy@cherokee.org  by 5 p.m. CST. A $10 submission fee is charged per entry to help support art show expenses.

A photograph of the completed work, entry form and fee must be submitted at the same time or the entry will be disqualified. A list of accepted artwork will be posted on the Cherokee Heritage Center website on March 22.

An awards reception is slated for April 7 from 6-8 p.m. to recognize the winners in each category.

The Trail of Tears Art Show began in 1972 as a means of fostering the development of painting as a form of expressing Native American heritage. Initiated before the completion of the museum, the art show was held in the rain shelter of the Tsa-La-Gi theater. In 1975, it became the first major exhibition in the present museum.

The 46th annual Trail of Tears Art Show is made possible by Cherokee Nation Businesses, Chickasaw Nation, Bank of Oklahoma, First American Art Magazine, Rabbit Studios and the Garner-Cottrell Family.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

For information on the Trail of Tears Art Show, 2017 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

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