Best of Show Reception

Friday, March 2

5:30 – 8 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this dazzling evening kick-off to the Fair weekend!  This festive and highly anticipated evening highlights the very best of the best in 10 art categories and showcases the energy, creativity, and skills of our exhibiting Fair artists.  You won’t want to miss seeing these breathtaking creations up close and congratulating the artists. You will also enjoy previewing a stunning array of “must have” fashions designed by Fair artists, bidding on exciting artworks and more during our silent auction, and relaxing with old and new friends while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, dessert and beverages.

Event Schedule

5:30 – 8 p.m.           Best of Show award-winning art on display in Steele Auditorium
                                   Silent Auction: View and bid in South corridor of Steele Auditorium
                                   Hors d'oeuvre and dessert stations and no-host bars open, main courtyard

6:00 p.m.                  Welcome and Award Announcement by Museum Director, David Roche

6:15 – 7 p.m.           Fashion Show, main courtyard

Ticket Information

$75 Museum members
$100 Non-members

Visit the Fair Tickets page to purchase tickets.




Best of Show Awards

Each year, many of our Fair artists submit their best work in hopes of winning a coveted Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market award ribbon and prize money. A renown group of judges, composed of artists, collectors, and museum professionals, reviews and rates each submitted piece and the winning artwork is displayed during the Best of Show evening. Award categories include Jewelry and Lapidary; Pottery; Paintings, Photography, and Graphics; Pueblo Carvings; Sculpture; Textiles and Weaving; Diverse Arts; Baskets; Personal Attire; and Beadwork and Quillwork. In all, 127 ribbons are awarded including: overall Best of Show award winner; Best of Classification, Innovation Award, 1st Place in Division, 2nd Place in Division; Judges Choice; and one special award, Conrad House Cutting-Edge Award.

2017 Best Of Show Winners
Previous Juried Competition Winners 
Read about the Judges.
See the list of Best Of Show Classification Managers.
See the list of donation options for the Ribbon Awards.

Fashion Show: Celebrating Artistic Excellence in Fashion

Watch our models walk the Heard catwalk in creations by these amazing designers of wearable art.

Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2018 Designer of the Year, will bring his Phoenix-based fashion brand ACONAV  to the Heard catwalk. ACONAV brings Acoma Pueblo art and culture into the spotlight with luxury designs that tie cultural ideas and beliefs with modern silhouettes. Aragon received a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as an engineer until 2014. He reconnected with his artistic side in 2008 and now describes his work as a combination of his artistic vision and technological discipline. 

Kevin Aspaas (Diné), will show his moccasins and felt accessories. Aspaas, an award-winning weaver from Shiprock NM, learned sash weaving from his mother at age 10 and later transitioned to rug weaving. 

Nanibaa Beck is a 2nd generation Dine' (Navajo) jeweler and co-founder of native style blog presence 4.0. She learned to fabricate metals and to inlay stones from her father, Victor Beck, Sr. Nanibaa founded Notabove Jewelry which reflects Native creative expressions and the growth of a dine' 'asdzaa (navajo woman) as a designer. The name, notabove, is her favorite mispronunciation of her name. It is also a beautiful way of working and collaborating with others- not above but beside you.

Catherine Black Horse (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; member of the Tom Palmer Band and the Beaver Clan) will show her women's dresses. In 2017, she won second place for her Elk Tooth dress at Santa Fe and an honorable mention for Star Beings Holy Ceremonial Robe at the Heard.  She is a self-taught artist known for her traditional dresses and paintings. She uses materials dating from the 1800’s, including fine wool, silk, ribbons, metal sequins, dentallium shells, real elk teeth and antique thimbles in her work.

Eugene Crawford , leatherwork

Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan), first learned to bead from her mom and grandmother. She developed her own unique technique of beading, and sold her first piece of beadwork when she was a young teenager. She often beads flowers, leaves, berries and other foliage found in a Great Lakes forest because beading Ojibwe-style keeps her connected to her homeland and people. When she's not beading for her business Mama Longlegz, she is competing in tournament-style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Veronica Poblano and Jovanna Poblano (Zuni) will show their jewelry. Veronica, daughter of famed sculptor, mosaicist, and fetish maker Leo Poblano, is a self-taught lapidary, gold and silversmith. Her contemporary jewelry synthesizes Zuni traditional, contemporary, and futuristic design . Jovanna, daughter of Veronica, creates one-of-a-kind necklaces featuring finely constructed beadwork showcasing materials from around the world. Her husband Daniel Chattin contributes carved pieces such as maidens or birds to Jovanna's necklaces. 

Maya Stewart (Chickasaw, Creek and Choctaw ) will show her women's purses. Her designs are frequently influenced both by the geometric lines of Southeastern tribes and her many years spent in London, New York and Los Angeles. Her designs have been featured in Vogue, W Magazine, Elle, Vanity Fair, and carried by a number of celebrities. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, she received the Professor Jimmy Choo Award. She has presented her collections at Paris, New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Della Bighair Stump (Apsaalooke/Crow) from Hardin, Montana is a fashion/art designer using Crow designs (geometric & floral).

Silent Auction


Join the fun and encourage friendly competition with your family and friends for fabulous items donated by our Fair artists and friends of the Heard Museum!  Items will be on view throughout the evening. The auction is being conducted online, so anyone can bid from anywhere at any time on a mobile phone.