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Indian Market 2016 Best of Show Award Ceremony

Adrian Nasafotie

Best of Show winner Adrian Nasafotie (Hopi)

Perhaps the most important two-and-a-half hours of the entire Santa Fe Indian Market weekend, from the artist’s end of the gallery anyway, is measured out at the annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. This is the where and when so much comes down to the head of the pin: the artist’s unwavering commitment to his or her respective genre; the countless hours of work invested; the creative vision realized; the tests of skill mastered, recognized and rewarded. All that midnight oil distilled down to a single drop so powerful it can illuminate the entirety of a career.


Berdina Charley (Navajo) with her Best of Textiles Classification winner

With literally hundreds of entries received for judging, the process of selecting a piece for ribboning is long and tedious—a challenge even for the pros. Forty-five judges cast their votes this year, all selected for their expertise in various art related fields. Honing in on the entries that most evocatively represent artistic expression, display a mastery of technical execution, and, of course, deliver their aesthetic goods hands down. No easy task considering the cast of contenders.


Al Qöyawayma (Hopi) with his Best of Pottery Classification winner

This year, top honors went to Hopi woodcarver Adrian Nasafotie, whose gravity-defying katsina, Purification, prompted a collective “Wow!” from the attendant throng of artists, collectors, and roving reporters. The artist’s gasp of surprise was heard by all when the award was announced: A priceless moment for this and many other long-time market goers and Nasafotie fans.

For the list of winners, click here.

teri greeves heather ahtone

Teri Greeves (Kiowa) explains her artwork to heather ahtone (Choctaw-Chickasaw)

Hopi pottery

Pottery entries at SFIM 2016


Textiles entries at SFIM 2016

Emma Soctomah

Emma Soctomah (Passamaquoddy), award-winner youth basket weaver from Maine

Ernest Benally

Detail of jewelry by Ernest Benally (Navajo)

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