The Cherokee Heritage Center has hosted art shows for over 43 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.”
We are inviting interested artists to gather and discuss the future of our art shows. On Friday, January 3 at 10am in the CHC Chapel, an open meeting will be held to enable artists and those interested to come and share your thoughts and ideas for future art shows hosted by CHC.
Our primary agenda item will be the rules for the upcoming 43rd Annual Trail of Tears Art show. Items that will be discussed are, but not limited to: Categories, prize money, sales, judging, and art entry deadlines.
This will be the first of 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.
An updated agenda and future meeting announcements will be made available on our website http://www.cherokeeheritage.org/for-artists/ In preparation for the meeting we ask you to review the 2013 Trail of Tears rules and bring your suggestions.
Also, please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in attending this meeting. 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 on January 3, 2014.
The Cherokee Heritage Center has two annual art shows. The Trail of Tears Show & Sale is the oldest Native Art Shows in Oklahoma that occurs every Spring. The Cherokee Homecoming Show & Sale occurs in the fall and is showcased over Cherokee National Holiday (Labor Day Weekend) which is our busiest weekend of the year. Get up to date info for each show here:
18th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale
August 24 – September 15, 2013
2013 Accepted Artwork (250kb)
2013 Rules available for download here (281kb)
NEW Entry Form (2mb)
Federal W-9 (84kb)
2013 Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses
42nd Annual Trail of Tears Art Show & Sale
April 20 –May 26, 2012
2013 Accepted Artwork List (250kb)
2013 Rules available for download here (222kb)
Entry Form (1mb)
Federal W-9 (84kb)
2013 Sponsor: The Chickasaw Nation & The Bank of Oklahoma
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?
No. But there are 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?
No. We are honored to have sponsors who cover show costs.
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 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 takes 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.