The longest-running American Indian art show in Oklahoma returns to the Cherokee Heritage Center with the 47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show April 7 - May 5.

Artists compete for more than $15,000 in the following categories: painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures.

Those looking to enter artwork must be a citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or nation and complete submission requirements before 5 p.m. CST on March 16. A $10 fee is charged per entry to help support art show expenses.

A photograph of the completed work, an entry form and the entry fee must be submitted to before the deadline. A list of accepted artwork will be posted on the Cherokee Heritage Center website on March 22.

An awards reception will be held on April 6 from 6-8 p.m. at CHC to recognize honorees in each category. The reception is open to the public and free to attend.

In addition to the exhibit opening on April 7, several Cherokee National Treasures will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies of the recently released “Cherokee National Treasures: In Their Own Words.” The book may be purchased in the gift shop for $49.99.

The Trail of Tears Art Show began in 1972 with the intent to create a venue where diverse art forms can be used to exhibit American Indian heritage. Initiated before the completion of the museum, the art show was held in the rain shelter of the Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater. In 1975, it became the first major exhibition in the present museum.

The mission of the Cherokee Heritage Center is to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture. It is the premier point of destination for cultural demonstrations of Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

For information on the Trail of Tears Art Show, 2018 season events, operating hours and programs, persons interested may contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at 888-999-6007 or visit