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 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


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 Award
Youth Artist Award Ages 12-14
Youth Artist Award Ages 15-17
Honorable Mentions (non-cash awards)