Navajo artist Eugene Tapahe received the Best of Show award for “Never Forget Standing for Unity” at the 13th annual Cherokee Art Market at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The black and white collage features 44 compelling photos taken at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, ND. The images were printed on archival watercolor paper using a lithograph print process.
The Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 tribes, ran Saturday and Sunday. Art forms included beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests also enjoyed a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances.
With nearly 60 winners in eight classes, the following highlights the Cherokee Art Market 2018 Best of Class winners:
Class 1 – Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography
Eugene Tapahe, Navajo Nation, “Never Forget Standing for Unity”
Class 2 Sculpture
Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “Faith in the Creator”
Class 3 – Beadwork/Quillwork
Ken Williams Jr., Northern Arapaho/Seneca, “Beauty in Dreams”
Class 4 – Basketry
Leona Romero, Tohono O’odham Nation, “Unity Friendship Design”
Class 5 – Pottery
Autumn Borts-Medlock, Santa Clara Pueblo, “Chaco Parrott with Egg”
Class 6 – Textiles B
Phil Singer, Navajo Nation, “Clouds Above the Mesa”
Class 7 – Jewelry
Ric Charlie, Navajo Nation, “Ladies Gold Diamond Set”
Class 8 – Diverse Art Forms
Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Morning Sun”
Additionally, Martha Berry earned the Culture Keeper Award for “Sageeyah Gold: Honoring the Pollinators & the Humans Who Protect Them.” The Innovator Award went to Billy L. Hensley for “Imoshi,” and Lisa Rutherford earned the Anna Mitchell Award for “Dragonfly Dance.”