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For Artists

Art Shows
The Cherokee Heritage Center has two annual art shows. The Trail of Tears Show & Sale is the oldest Native Art Show in Oklahoma and occurs every Spring.  The Cherokee Homecoming Show & Sale occurs in the fall and is showcased over the Cherokee National Holiday (Labor Day Weekend) which is our busiest weekend of the year.   Get up to date info for each show here:



Trail of Tears Art Show
Artwork Submission Deadline: March 15rd, 2017, 5PM

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show
Artwork Submission Deadline: August 9th, 2017, 5PM



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46th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show & Sale
April 8 –May 6, 2017
2017 Sponsors: Chickasaw Nation, Bank of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses, First American Art Magazine, Rabbit Studios, Garner-Cottrell Family, and Blue Fern Bed and Breakfast

Reception and Award Ceremony will be held Friday April 7, 2017 6:00pm




22nd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale

August 26 – September 23, 2017
Deliver artwork by Aug 18 5pm.
Reception and Awards:  Aug 25, 6pm-8pm

Artist Meetings

Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:30pm
Subject: TOTAS 2018


The Cherokee Heritage Center has hosted art shows for over 45 years in Park Hill. It is one the strongest traditions that we continue each year with the Trail of Tears Art Show and the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show. The purpose of these shows is to showcase Native art, support Native artists exposure and sales and support the mission of the museum “to promote, preserve and teach Cherokee history and culture.”

This will be a series of meetings that occur throughout the year which will give CHC feedback to institute meaningful changes for the improvement of both art shows.

It is open to the public and we look forward to working together with the artists to make future shows successful for everyone.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


Art Show FAQs:
Who can enter your Art Shows?

The Trail of Tears Show & Sale is open to any citizen, 18 yrs or older, of a Federally Recognized Nation (BAI List is here)

The Cherokee Homecoming Show & Sale is open to any citizen, 18 yrs or older, of the Cherokee Nation, The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians or the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Do you have a children’s category?
This year the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will run concurrent with the Trail of Tears Art Show.  For info and application please email Deborah Fritts at
There are also art opportunities for citizens younger than 18 yrs through the Cherokee Nation and other state wide shows.

When is the deadline?
Artwork submission is due typically a month before the show opening. Check the rules for the exact dates.

Can I turn my entry form in now and my images of art later?
No. If your entry form is missing images it is incomplete and will not be considered.

Is there an entry fee?
Yes. There is a $10 fee for each piece of artwork submitted unless you are a Cherokee National Treasure or a member of the Cherokee National Historical Society. Sign up here!

Does the artwork I submit have to be the exact pieces for the show?
Yes. Only the exact art accepted through your submissions will be allowed in the show.

Does the artwork have to be done for the image submissions?
Yes. The images submitted must be finished work. Work dropped off that does not match the submission images or one that has had major changes will not be displayed.

Do you accept slides?
No. You can submit digital entries through email or send them on a CD or thumb drive through the mail.

Can I submit my images from last year?
No. Artwork accepted into a show at CHC can only be displayed once. Artwork must have been completed within the previous year.

Does it have to be for sale?
Yes. All artwork must be for sale. Both art shows are fund raisers for CHC.

What is your commission?
CHC commission is 30% of the sale price. Please make sure your submission price allows for this.

Can I sell my artwork to your museum store?
Our Museum Store is managed by CNE and any agreements with the store are separate from the art show and can not be displayed simultaneously.