American Indian Student Art Show and Sale, March 24-27, 2017

The Indian Fair & Market now accepts Youth Artists under 18 years of age who wish to share a booth with a relative. Please note that the Fair, held the first weekend in March, is a separate event from the American Indian Student Art Show and Sale. For more information, please click here.


For Student Artists & Teachers/Mentors

Dear Artist Mentors/Teachers:

American Indian students in grades 7–12 are invited to submit their original artwork to the American Indian Student Art Show and Sale.  This extraordinary event provides the opportunity for students to display their art in the world famous Heard Museum, have their art judged by a professional panel, compete for ribbon and cash awards, and potentially sell their artwork.

The pages on this website contain information to assist you and your students in preparing and submitting entries for the Show.  Please review the pages in their entirety so you will be aware of the division and category guidelines, rules, and entry procedures that all students must follow. Grades 7-9 are now Division 1 with one (1) entry per student. Grades 10-12 are now Division 2 with two (2) entries per student. All entries must be received at the Museum between Tuesday, March 14 and Monday, March 20, 2017.  Judging for all entries will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Each piece of art needs to be reasonably priced by the student. Please stress this. We send a lot of work back that does not sell because the prices are too high. Please emphasize this is a show & sale.

One other issue to consider is size as large pieces are often returned. The panels on which we hang the art are about 30” wide so this also needs to be considered by artists.

All pieces will be available for sale until the Show closes March 27, 2017.


Teachers’ grant requests must be included with student art and must be clear and specific about what the requested funds will be used for. “Art supplies” is not enough.

Artists, their family, and teachers are invited on Friday, March 24, 2017, to the Opening Night Student Artist Reception at 5:30 pm in the Steele Auditorium Foyer. The Show and Silent Auction begin at 5:30 pm in Monte Vista on Friday, March 24, 2017.  We would like you and your young artists to join us at the Museum on this important day and evening.  We will be happy to arrange free tours of the Museum for you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Please notify us a week in advance so we can arrange guides.

The detailed schedule is here.


Reta Severtson


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