Outstanding Native Art Recognized at Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival

Bryan Waytula (Cherokee (Oklahoma))
We Stand As One
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Photography Best of Division Winner

Published July 4, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — At the 26th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival on June 23-24, Native American artists were awarded nearly $16,000 in cash prizes as well as ribbons for art works they entered into competition. The Best of Show award went to Leonard Gene (Navajo) for his silver and turquoise piece, Evening Purse.

During the weekend, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis hosted more than 100 artists from 60 Native American tribes who showed their art, including jewelry, pottery, baskets, beadwork, carvings, paintings and cultural items. The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival drew thousands of visitors who met the artists, purchased their art and enjoyed music, food and performances on museum grounds.

“The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival creates opportunities for collectors and artists to connect and it builds support for today’s Native American artists,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “The beautiful art works the artists have created make a powerful impact on our market-goers, and have contributed to the success of the Indian Market and Festival during its 26 years.”

Serving as judges of the art competition were Ashley Holland (Cherokee) and Marita Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo). The awards for Best of Show and other special categories were presented Saturday morning, June 23, during the Market Morning Breakfast, held under the Eiteljorg Museum’s outdoor shade structure, The Sails. In other annual awards:

·         The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Awards are presented for art works the museum acquires during Indian Market and Festival to add to its permanent collections. This year, purchase awards went to two artists: Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe) for her beadwork piece, Yahbay, and Dana Warrington (Menominee/Prairie Band of Potawatomi), for his pipe bag, Menominee Medicine.  Warrington also was one of the weekend’s onstage dance performers at the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival.

·         The Helen Cox Kersting Award is given to an artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of execution and innovation within a traditional Native art medium. This year the award goes to Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) for her pottery piece, Metallic Butterflies.

·         The Margot L. Eccles Youth Award encourages the next generation of young artists and this year it was presented to Sequoia Anderson (Navajo) of Montello, Wisc., for her piece, River Moon.

The 2018 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival Best of Division award recipients are:

Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Photography
Bryan Waytula (Cherokee of Oklahoma), of Sand Springs, Okla., We Stand as One

Fine Art Sculpture
Walter Torres (Pueblo of Acoma), of San Fidel, N.M., What is Knot to Love

Watler Torres (Pueblo of Acoma)
What is Knot to Love
Fine Art Sculpture Best of Division Winner

Leonard Gene (Navajo) of Henderson, Nev., Evening Purse

Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), of Albuquerque, N.M., Santa Clara Feast Day

Mike Dart (Cherokee Nation), of Stilwell, Okla., Four Winds

Mike Dart (Cherokee Nation)
Four Winds
Basketry Best of Division Winner

Weavings and Textiles
Rosie Taylor (Navajo), of Indian Wells, Ariz., Hand Bag

Cultural Items
Dana Warrington (Menominee/Prairie Band of Potawatomi) of Cherokee, N.C., Wapenonah

Dana Warrington (Menominee/Prairie Band Potawatomi)
Cultural Items Best of Division Winner

Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe), of Tempe, Ariz., Yahbay

This year, three art works were chosen as the Indian Market and Festival signature pieces: Tu’utuli by Gabriel Ayala (Pascua Yaqui), Four Ravens by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa: Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and Purest of Love by Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo). Each of the signature images became one of the three designs for commemorative Indian Market T-shirts.

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