2023 BEST OF SHOW
CEREMONY + LUNCHEON
Santa Fe Community Convention Center Ballroom
Fri. August 18, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MT
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MT
ABOUT THIS EVENT
2023 best of show ceremony & Luncheon
The Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon is a prestigious and exclusive event hosted by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), which is limited to SWAIA members, Best of Show and Best of Classification winners, their guests, and SWAIA ticket holders.
The ceremony is held to honor the top artists in all ten juried market categories, and the event begins with an awards ceremony where the Best of Classification winners are announced, followed by the year’s overall Best of Show winner. This is an opportunity for these talented artists to be recognized and celebrated for their hard work and dedication to their craft.
After the awards ceremony, guests will enjoy a delectable luncheon in the courtyard, where they can socialize and network with fellow artists and art enthusiasts. The event also provides attendees with a preview of the stunning array of the year’s art entries from all classifications, giving them a glimpse into the incredible talent that exists within the Native American art community.
The Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon is an extraordinary event that highlights the very best of Native American art, culture, and creativity. It is a must-attend event for anyone who appreciates the beauty and significance of Native American art, and a chance to support and honor the talented artists who create it.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS
2023 BEST OF SHOW WINNERS
CLASS I: Jewelry
Lyndon Tsosie (Navajo Nation)
Silver Sea turtle pendant with movable flippers. 4 ½ x 3 in.
Sterling stamped silver, inlay: coral, turquoise, lapis, Boulder opal, hand-fabricated.
CLASS II: POTTERY // BEST OF SHOW
“Caught by Surprise”
Jennifer Tafoya (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Etched black pot with dinosaurs. 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ in.
Hand-dug Santa Clara Clay, coil method, stone polished, etched and then painted with hand-dug natural clay paint.
CLASS III: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography
“Judgement Day Manifest, The Greasy Grass 1976 Keough’s Stand.”
Dan HorseChief (Pawnee/ Cherokee)
Painting. 24 x 36 in.
Water-based oil on canvas.
CLASS IV: WOODEN PUEBLO FIGURATIVE CARVING & SCULPTURE
Talavi Morning Katsina
Arthur Holmes Jr. (Hopi)
18½ x 9½ in.
Root of cottonwood tree, fine wood burner, knives and oil paint.
CLASS V: SCULPTURE
“Dreamscapes of Love”
Ryan Benally (Navajo)
5 ft 8 x 22 x 12 in.
Calcite Onyx, black Indian granite, hand-carved stone, electric and hand tools.
CLASS VI: TEXTILES
“Autumn Rose Carnival”
TahNibaa Naataanii (Navajo)
Navajo weaving created using 2 sheds. Shawl and purse. 16 ½ x 62 in.
Sheep wool with 26 aniline acid dyes in different colors.
CLASS VII: DIVERSE ARTS
“Sundance on Muddy Creek”
Victoria G. Adams (Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho)
Tripod with glass containers, diverse artwork/sculpture. 64 x 36 x 32 in.
Copper, Deerskin, American Indian-head pennies, dating from 1878 to 1910; glass, steel chain, wrought-iron, wood, acrylic paint, cotton fabric, sweet grass, snake root, Big Medicine, bee balm, sweet pine, sage, yellow ochre pigment, red ochre pigment, Ammonite fossils, sterling silver, mother-of-pearl beads, photographs, Edward Sheriff Curtis photo gravures.
CLASS VIII: BEADWORK & QUILLWORK
“We are Fierce”
Jackie Larson Bread (Blackfeet)
Blackfeet horse mask. 18 x 15 x 23 in.
Wool, seed beads, brass beads and bells, wood, plexiglass, satin, lane stitch, applique stitch and edge stitch
CLASS IX: YOUTH
Father’s Love (Ate Iyocicila)
Aydrian Day (HoChunk/Anishinaabe/Lakota)
Lakota style cradle board. 24 x 9 in.
Size 11 true-cut sterling silver beads, 24-karat beads, smoked hide, brass sequins, pine and cotton.
CLASS XI: BASKETRY
Carol Emarthle Douglas (Northern Arapaho- Seminole)
Coiled waxed linen basket.
7 x 9 ½ x 9 ½ in.
Waxed linen, thread, hemp, beads
COMPLETE AWARDS LIST