Cocopah Artist Recognized by Heard Museum

Aurora Johnson

Published March 30, 2018

PHOENIX – Cocopah tribal member and Somerton Middle School student Aurora Johnson earned a green ribbon from The Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale in Phoenix.

Johnson, an 8th grader, was recognized for her drawing “The Two Sides of Culture.” Cocopah tribal member and SMS student Alaysiah Twist also competed in the art show. Their works were on display at the Heard Museum from March 23-26.

The annual event dates back to 1986. According to the Heard Museum’s website, “Every year, American Indian students from tribes across the U.S. in grades 7 through 12 are invited to submit their artwork to the annual Student Art Show & Sale. The show features a vast array of traditional and fine art – katsina dolls, pottery, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, weavings, paintings and sculpture – as well as unique contemporary pieces in creative mediums. In recent years, more than 1,000 pieces from some 650 artists representing dozens of tribes in at least a dozen states have been received.”

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