About the Best of Show Awards

There are 10 classifications for judging: 2-Dimensional Art, Baskets, Diverse Art Forms, Jewelry & Lapidary Work, Open Standards, Personal Attire & Accessories, Pottery, Pueblo Carvings, Sculpture, and Weavings & Textiles. Each classification has multiple divisions with clear standards for entry. There are multiple divisions in each classification for a a total of 42 divisions. Each division has a 1st and 2nd Place award.

All 1st Place ($500) Division winners in a classification compete for the Best of Classification Award ($1,500). There are also 9 Innovation Awards ($500) which compete for the Conrad House Award ($1,500). The 10 Best of Classification winners and the Conrad House winner compete for the Best of Show Award ($15,000).

There are also 30 Judge’s Choice Awards ($150 each), a People’s Choice Award ($150), and 2 $1,500 Special Awards—The Idyllwild Arts Imagination Award and the Indian Arts & Crafts Association Commemorative Award. Thirty non-cash Honorable Mention ribbons are also available.

The 2021 prize pool totals $76,150 for 103 ribbons, including a $15,000 Best of Show prize sponsored by Howard R. & Joy M. Berlin, Kristine & Leland W. Peterson and the Head Family.  Leland W. Peterson is a member of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees. Howard R. Berlin is a Life Trustee of the Heard Museum. The Heads are museum members from Minneapolis. The Guild thanks the Berlins, Petersons and Heads for their generous support of the Indian Fair & Market and our outstanding artists. The Guild thanks all the sponsors who make these awards possible every year.

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