American Indian Student Art Show & Sale

The 2020 Heard Museum Guild American Indian
Student Art Show & Sale
March 27-30, 2020

Here is the list of 2019 Award Winners. We congratulate them all.

The Student Art Show is free and open to the public (Admission to the Museum is separate).
Enter from Monte Vista Road, ½ block east of Central Avenue.

We invite you to view this video of highlights from the 2018 Student Art Show & Sale.

Show (No Sales)

Friday, March 27, 2020, noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members’ Only Silent Auction & Sale

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Not a Museum Member? Join today! Call 602.251.0261 or click here.

Open to the Public Sales Event

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 30, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teachers and student artists should click here for information on how to participate.

The Heard Museum Guild Student Art Show & Sale invites American Indian student artists throughout North America to enter their original art for exhibition and sale to museum members and the visiting public. Students in grades 7-12 compete for ribbons and cash prizes in two divisions each with 13 categories.

Many wonderful stories come out of this show. Local Hopi carver Kevin Sekakuku has donated Katsina carvings to the Silent Auction in the past , raising $700 for our show.  Kevin says he wants to contribute because he entered this show when he was in High School. His daughter Anyssa won a Blue Ribbon in the 2016 show.  Watching the two of them smiling when they saw her ribbon was thrilling.

So, save the date and come see the future of American Indian art.


The Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale is an annual event that started in 1986. The show provides emerging young artists with a venue that showcases their talents, often for the first time. Many professional artists started their careers at this event.

Every year, American Indian students from tribes across the U.S. in grades 7 through 12 are invited to submit their artwork to the annual Student Art Show & Sale. The show features a vast array of traditional and fine art – katsina dolls, pottery, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, weavings, paintings and sculpture – as well as unique contemporary pieces in creative mediums. In recent years, more than 1,000 pieces from some 650 artists representing dozens of tribes in at least a dozen states have been received.

All the entries are judged by a panel of knowledgeable art scholars including professional artists, college professors, curators, and collectors. First, second, third, and honorable mention ribbons are awarded in each of 13 art categories in two divisions. Best of division, best of show, and other special ribbons are also awarded. Each ribbon winner receives a cash prize. In recent years, the total amount awarded to student winners has averaged more than $4,000.

Each creation is priced by the student and is available for sale during the Show. Of the proceeds from the Student Art Show & Sale, 80 percent is returned to the students, and the remaining 20 percent covers the cash awards, helps to cover the cost of presenting the show. Since 1984 over $500,000 has been returned to students.

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Donations of time and/or money to the Student Art Show & Sale are always welcome and help defray the expense of conducting the Show & Sale. Click here to make a donation. If you prefer, you may send a check made payable to the Heard Museum Guild Student Art Fund and mail it to the Heard Museum Guild, Student Art, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact

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Teachers whose students have entered work in the Guild’s current American Indian Student Art Show are eligible to apply for grants to purchase equipment, materials and/or supplies for their school’s art program. Written applications are required. Grants vary in amount and are limited to one grant per school per year. The current pool of funds available is $10,000. Since its inception in 1992 over $100,000 has been awarded to teachers.

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Note Cards

Note Cards are produced using images of the art created by the student artists participating in the American Indian Student Art Show.

The cards are sold at Museum and Guild events, the Heard Museum Shop, the Smithsonian, and other cultural museums, galleries, and shops. To learn more about the Note Cards or to purchase them, click here.

If you have questions, please contact and one of our volunteers will respond.

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In 2014, the Heard Museum Guild modified its scholarship program in recognition of the need and, in some cases, the graduation requirement, for professional job experiences for American Indian college students.  The new partnership between the Guild and the Arizona State University American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) program provides scholarships for paid internships at the Heard Museum each academic semester.  This opportunity is open to all American Indian students attending ASU and is coordinated through the AISSS program.  Questions can be directed to the Guild Scholarship Committee Chair,

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Interested in volunteering for this fun and worthwhile Guild event? Visit this page.