Juried Competition and Awards

Juried competition is a rigorous process. Artists from across Indian Country submit their best works to be judged by a selected group of artists, collectors, and museum professionals. Winning a coveted Heard Museum Guild award ribbon and prize money boosts the artists’ reputations and careers. Winning artwork will be displayed during the Best of Show reception on Friday, March 1. Become a Ribbon Award Sponsor

Award Categories

Diverse Arts (includes Beadwork and Quillwork)
Jewelry and Lapidary
Paintings, Drawings, Photography, and Graphics
Personal Attire and Accessories


Pueblo Carvings
Textiles and Weaving
Open Standards


In all, 153 ribbons are awarded including:
Best of Show (1)
Best of Classification (10)
Idyllwild Arts Imagination Award (1)
Conrad House Award (1)
Innovation (10)
1st Place in Division (40)
2nd Place in Division (40)
Judges Choice (27)
Youth Artist Award Ages 12-14 (1)
Youth Artist Award Ages 15-17 (1)
Honorable Mentions (non-cash awards)--(23)