||Indian Market Judging and Awards
Judging the many talented artists at Indian Market is not an easy task. After a day of viewing and evaluating hundreds of artists the judges have a difficult job indeed.
The Judging Process
The classifications are:
Painting and Graphics
Kachina Dolls, Kachina Sculpture and Carved Dolls
Weaving and Baskets
Diversified Art Forms (Bead and Quill Work)
Thirty-five judges are divided into teams, each of which is responsible for judging all the work in one of the classifications. The day begins with awarding first, second and third place ribbons to catagory winners. Best of Category winners then advance to compete for Best of Division. Best of Classification is determined from these winners. Winners at all levels receive cash prizes.
Some years an award for Best of Show is given to one lucky recipient. An independent team of judges makes the final determination for Best of Show. These judges are called in at the end of the day and only view the seven Best of Classification winners. Comprised of artists, museum people, collectors, and gallery owners, this independent panel of experts truly represent the highest expertise of the art world. They consider the aesthetics of the work, the impact it has on the art discipline, innovative and traditional technique, the works emotional impact, and its colors and materials.
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