Trail of Tears Art Exhibit and Sale with Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition Returns April 2-30

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.Artwork is now accepted for the 51st Annual Trail of Tears art exhibition and sale. Oklahoma’s oldest Native American art exhibit and competition will be on view April 2-30, both virtually and in-person.

Through the Jury Exhibition, artists compete for more than $15,000 in the following categories: painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry, miniatures, various art forms, and photography/digital art.

There is no registration fee associated with this year’s exhibition and sale. Individuals wishing to submit an artwork must be over the age of 18, be citizens of a federally recognized Native American tribe or nation, and meet all submission requirements, available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.comno later than 5 p.m. CST on February 25.

Young artists will also have the opportunity to share their work in the Cherokee Art Market youth competition, organized in conjunction with the Trail of Tears art exhibition and sale. The contest is open to all Native American students in grades 6-12 who are citizens of a federally recognized tribe.

Works are evaluated by division and grade level. In addition to monetary rewards, the Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth at the upcoming Cherokee Art Market.

Student registrations will be received in person on March 17 and 18 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Tahlequah office of Cherokee Nation Businesses, located at 950 Main Parkway. Submissions may also be mailed, provided they are received by 5 p.m. on March 18. All submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist pledge form, and a copy of the artist’s CDIB or tribal map.

Applications for the youth competition are available at

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