A painting by a 15-year-old American Indian artist who attends middle school in Shiprock, N.M., is the Best of Show Award winner in the 2015 Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale of works by young Native artists in grades 7-12.
Myron Denetclaw (Navajo) of Northwest High and Middle School, received the annual show competition’s highest honor from a judges’ panel for “Whirling Logs,” which also was chosen as the best artwork in its division for students grades 7-9. Brionna Bradley (Navajo), 17, who attends Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Ariz., won the division for students in grades 10-12 for “Echos of Fantasy,” a drawing.
Judges evaluated entries from a vast array of traditional and fine art – katsina dolls, pottery, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, weavings, paintings and sculpture – as well as unique contemporary pieces in creative mediums. Winners will receive cash prizes and ribbons. Students will price their own artwork and will be given the majority of the proceeds for their sales.
Visitors will be able to view and purchase more than 600 unique pieces crafted by students from both the United States and Canada in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery and Monte Vista Room, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
The public is invited to attend on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show and sale is free; museum admission is additional.
Over its history since it began in 1992, this annual event has returned more than $300,000 to students for the sale of their art, and over $100,000 in scholarships and grants to participating students’ art and teachers. Scholarship and grant money is raised by the sale of student art note cards, which feature the art of young, talented student artists, and are also available at the Heard Museum Shop.