Winners announced for 43rd Annual Trail of Tears Art Show


Troy Jackson earns grand prize for his sculpture 5:00 Friday

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Heritage Center announced the winners of the 43rd Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale during an awards celebration on Friday at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The 2014 Grand Prize has been awarded to Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, for “5:00 Friday.”

The longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma runs through May 26 and features a variety of authentic Native American art that competed for more than $15,000 in award money, presented by Cherokee Nation Businesses and Chickasaw Nation.

“Each year it seems to get tougher for the judges to choose the first place winners because of the high volume of outstanding pieces that are submitted to the show,” said Candessa Tehee, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “We’re honored to host so many great pieces of art, and we encourage everyone to come see them throughout May.”

With 37 winners in 11 categories, the following summary highlights the Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale 2014 Grand Prize and First Place winners:

Grand Prize Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “5:00 Friday”

Painting, First Place Kenny Henson, Cherokee Nation, “Ike and the Little People”

Sculpture, First Place Jane Osti, Cherokee Nation, “Sacred Winds”

Basketry, First Place Vivian Garner-Cottrell, Cherokee Nation, “Trade Basket”

Pottery, First Place Jane Osti, Cherokee Nation, “Qualla Cooking Pot”

Trail of Tears, First Place Kristie Vann, Cherokee Nation, “Cherished Di-Ni-Yo-Tli Children”

Jewelry, First Place Joseph Erb, Cherokee Nation

Graphics, First Place Hillary Glass, Cherokee Nation, “Embellish”

Miniature, First Place Merlin Littlethunder, Southern Cheyenne, “0% Diabetes”

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award Jane Osti, Cherokee Nation, “Sacred Winds”

Emerging Artists, First Place Karin Walkingstick, Cherokee Nation, “Dogwood Spring”

A complete list of winners and all artwork on sale at the 43rd Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale are available online at

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 Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Okla.

For information on the Trail of Tears Art Show, 2014 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit It can also be found on Facebook by searching “Cherokee Heritage Center.”

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