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Bead artist Molly Murphy awarded best of show at Heard Museum Indian Fair

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PHOENIX – Oglala bead artist Molly Murphy won the coveted Best of Show ribbon for her work “Past is Prologue,” a Salish-style cradleboard, at the 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. The piece included a removable document holder, umbilical cord fetish and circular, reversible picture frames, all designed to create a historical record of the child and its family.

The Best of Show award was sponsored for the 10th consecutive year by Scottsdale resident and Navajo jeweler Jesse Monongye. Monongye, who won the 1998 Best of Show award, sponsored the award in memory of his daughter Stephanie, whose life was tragically cut short five years ago in a car accident.

Judges for the competition included Christina Burke, Alex Maldonado, Pascua Yaqui, and Bill Wiggins. Other judges included: James T. Bialac; Jim Calfee Sr.; Janet Cantley; Larry Dalrymple; Debbie Drye, Hopi/Paiute; Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, Navajo/Picuris Pueblo; Marilyn George; Jill Giller; Vernon Haskie, Navajo; Doug Hyde, Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa; Michael Kabotie, Hopi; Greg Kok; Veronica Poblano, Zuni; Julie Sasse; and Herb Talahaftewa, Hopi. In addition to other awards, each judge also gave a special Judge’s Choice Award.

Winning an award at the fair is a significant mark in an artist’s career. The Heard’s Juried Competition is among the most prestigious in the nation. Recipients of the Best of Classification award in the eight categories are:

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Baskets – Diane Douglas-Willard, Haida, “Spring Lightning.”

Textiles/Weavings – Margaret Roach Wheeler, Chickasaw, Chickasaw removal jacket, hat, pouch and hat.

Diverse Artforms – Molly Murphy, Oglala, “Past is Prologue,” Salish-style cradleboard.

Jewelry/Lapidary Work – Roy Talahaftewa, Hopi, Katsina ceremony concho belt.

Wooden Carvings – Stetson Honyumptewa, Hopi, “Mudhead Family.”

Paintings/Drawings/Graphics – Mike Medicine Horse Zillioux, Southern Cheyenne, “Leaving Hopi Behind.”

Sculpture – Marvin Oliver, Quinalt, “War Helmets from Past to Present.”

Pottery – Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo, “Red Bear.”

Conrad House Award – Warren Coriz, Santo Domingo Pueblo, large dough bowl.

This year’s juried competition winners were honored along with 1,000 guests at a special awards dinner and silent auction March 6, the evening prior to the Indian Fair & Market. Nearly 20,000 people visited the festival over the weekend, a 14.5 percent increase from the 2008 event.

The 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market was presented by APS and generously supported by sponsors Canyon Records and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, along with media sponsors Native Peoples Magazine and American Indian Art Magazine.

The 52nd Annual Guild Indian Fair & Market will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, 2010.