Best of Show

Best of Show Reception

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 light fare and beverages.

Event Schedule

Friday, March 2  2017, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

5:00 – 8:15 p.m. Food stations and bars open

5:00 – 8 p.m. Best of Show award winning art on display in Steele Auditorium; Silent Auction open for bidding and viewing in South Pre-function of Steele Auditorium

5:00 p.m. Doors open for Heard Museum Circles members’ - special tickets required

5:30 p.m.  Doors open for Guests holding Best of Show tickets

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

6:15 – 7 p.m. Fashion Show in courtyard outside of museum entrance

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, comprised 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

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 Excellence in Fashion

This year’s fashion show features comfortable business and casual clothing and accessories – items all of us will want to add to our wardrobes. Watch our models show off works by Loren Aragon, Della Bighair Stump and many more.

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. 

Della Bighair Stump (Apsaalooke/Crow) from Hardin, Montana is a fashion/art designer using Crow designs (geometric & floral) beadwork/applique thread work with today's contemporary fashion style.

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.

Transportation and Parking
riday night Best of Show Reception ONLY designated shuttle buses will pick-up and drop-off passengers to and from the parking lot on E. Hoover St. between 4:45 – 9:15 p.m. Parking map for pick-up location TBD. Please check back.