Your Story Ledger Art Contest

Shae Receives His Prize

Shae receiving his prize

Shae, winner of the Children’s Division of the Your Story Ledger Art Contest, receiving his prize from Jaclyn Roessel, Head of Education.

And the winners are…

Gary in the Adult Division


Shae from Freedom Academy North
Shae from Freedom Academy North in the Children’s Division


The Heard Museum would like to thank all the contest participants for their submissions!

About the Contest

The Heard Museum North Scottsdale would like to see ledger art by you! Tell your story and show off your flair and style by submitting your own ledger art to the Your Story Ledger Art Contest.

First, visit Heard North to learn more about ledger art by viewing the exhibit Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art. While there, pick up a ledger template on which to draw your submission. Include your name and phone number on the template, and place it in the submission box near the gallery entrance at the museum.

Submissions will be entered to win a Heard Museum Visitor Gift Package that includes:

  • A gift card to the Heard Museum Café (either downtown or North Scottsdale)
  • A gift bag containing a tote bag, t-shirt and coffee mug from the Heard Museum’s Books & More bookstore

Then, check back to this website to see your drawing in the Submissions gallery!

The contest begins April 1 and ends on July 31. For more details, please contact Jaclyn Roessel at 602.251.0244 or email

About the Exhibit

Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art

Exhibit on display at Heard Museum North Scottsdale through October 27, 2013.

The Heard goes beyond the Southwest in our Plains art exhibit. Ledger book drawings began in the late 19th century when, as a legacy of warfare, the U.S. government was placing Native people on reservations. The tribes that were relocated were largely Plains tribes, and many of their cultures had traditions of recording events on animal hides using natural pigments. Confined to a reservation or faced with imprisonment, the Indians turned to the materials they had available to them – ledger books and pencils, provided by traders and government agents – to record events and past achievements in their lives. The tradition has continued through the years as contemporary artists create stories and scenes inspired by these artists from long ago. This collection includes drawings and a few hide paintings.

Gallery shot of Stories Outside the Lines



Recent submissions to the contest: