Juried Competition and 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 renowned group of judges, composed of artists, collectors, and museum professionals, reviews and rates each submitted piece. The winning artwork is displayed during the Best of Show reception on Friday, March 2. Become a Ribbon Award Sponsor

Award Categories

Beadwork and Quillwork
Diverse Arts
Jewelry and Lapidary
Paintings, Drawings, Photography, and Graphics


Personal Attire
Pueblo Carvings
Textiles and Weaving


In all, 149 ribbons are awarded including:
Best of Show
Best of Classification
1st Place in Division
2nd Place in Division
Judges Choice
Conrad House Cutting-Edge Award

2018 Best of Show Award

In honor of the 60th Annual Indian Fair & Market, we are delighted to announce a one-time, special $10,000 Best of Show Award sponsored by Howard R. & Joy M. Berlin and Kristine & Leland W. Peterson. Peterson is Treasurer of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees and Berlin is a Life Trustee of the Heard Museum. The Guild thanks the Berlins and Petersons for their generous support of the Indian Fair & Market and our outstanding artists.

2017 Best Of Show Winners (pdf)
Previous Juried Competition Winners
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