Youth art

Junior Indigenous Art Exhibition and Competition

During the 2020 pandemic year, when the usual summer festivals had to be canceled, the Museum of Northern Arizona brought the annual art exhibition and competition for Native youth online.

The tradition of an annual youth art show goes back to 1931, when Museum of Northern Arizona co-founder and Curator of Art Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton started an annual exhibit to encourage Arizona school students to showcase their artwork. As the years progressed, the show focused on children who attended schools on the Navajo, Hopi and Havasupai reservations.  MNA has more than 250 pieces of artwork in its collection that were originally displayed during the years of the show, which ended in 1974, according to records. The museum continued encouraging young artists through awards given at its annual heritage festivals.

In 2020 Native artists up to age 18 were invited to enter the Junior Indigenous Art Exhibition and Competition. Entries were judged in two age groups: Youth (ages 12 and under) and Young Adult (ages 13 to 18). Within each age group, submissions will compete for first- and second-place awards in the categories of 2D Fine Art and Cultural Art.

Create some art to enter into the 2021 Junior Indigenous Art Exhibition and Competition, which will take submissions this fall, with a deadline of Nov. 1.

Rejuvenation of Life by Brandon Charlie First Place Fine Art, age 13-18
Rebirth by Joaquin Suniga Second Place Fine Art, age 13-18
Comanche by Sooya Davis Honorable Mention Fine Art, age 13-18
Behave; Stay Home by Yukva Coochyamptewa 1st place Fine Art
Tree of Youth by Yesenia Rodriguez 2nd place Fine Art
Water Spout by Mervin Nelson Honorable Mention, Fine Arts
Smoke Swirl Mountain by Titus Bert First Place Cultural Art, age 13-18
Transcendence by Nigel James Second Place Cultural Arts, age 13-18
1680 Pueblo Revolt by Alandra Duyongwa
A Prayer to the Sun by Aiden Keevama
Shi zhéé bee' Naa'antyiin My father teaching by Penelope Joe
Baby Corn by Kaitlyn Navakuku
Overhaul by Logan Vasqez