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Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $20,000 to Native American artists

by Hyacinth Rucker | Aug 25, 2016

July 6, 2016

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Hyacinth Rucker                                                     
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[Note: Images available for all winners mentioned]

Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $20,000 to Native American artists
Judges select two Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award winners

INDIANAPOLIS – The coveted honor of Best of Show was awarded to Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) for her piece titled, “Place Where I Began” at the 24th Annual Indian Market and Festival at the Eiteljorg Museum on June 24 – 26. The annual summer celebration honored Native American artists from more than 50 tribes coast-to-coast.

Nationally known judges, Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) and Emma I. Hanson (Pawnee Nation) awarded more than $20,000 within 10 divisions, including Best of Show, Best of Division and special awards: the Helen Cox Kersting Award, given to an artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of execution and innovation within a traditional medium, and the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, for the purpose of acquiring work for the museum’s permanent collection.

Best of Show
Place Where I Began by Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo)

Helen Cox Kersting Award
Flat & Hairy, Cold & Hard by Corey Stein (Tlingit)

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Inlaid Sunglasses by Jolene Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Cruisin’ by Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria/Cherokee)

The 2016 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival Best of Division winners:

Painting, drawings, photography and prints
Treaty Calico Series: Honoring the Harvest Festival by Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Fine Art Sculpture
Mockingbird by Walter Torres (Acoma Pueblo)

Carvings and Dolls
Blue and White Corn by Kevin Horace Quannie (Hopi/Navajo (Dinѐ))

Kasha Heishi – 12 strand white melon shell necklace by Sharon Abeyta (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Place Where I Began by Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo)

4 Corn Colors Pootsaya by Iva Honyestewa (Hopi/Navajo (Dinѐ))

Weavings and textiles
The Walk of My Ancestors by Susan Hudson (Navajo (Dinѐ))

Cultural items
Going to the Opening With Gramma by Melanie Sainz (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin)

Flat & Hairy, Cold & Hard by Corey Stein (Tlingit)

The Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival has become a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts community, allowing the public to enjoy not only celebrated artwork, but a full cultural experience of authentic Native American foods, performances, art demonstrations and family activities.

To be eligible to participate in the Indian Market and Festival, all entries must be handmade within the last two years by the artist entering the piece. They must also be available for purchase during the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival, and must not include any part of a species of protected animal. To ensure the authenticity of the artwork and to protect the artists, all artists must provide documentation confirming that they are members of a state or federally recognized tribe per the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit


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