Youth Art

2024 Junior Indigenous Art Exhibition

Deadline Midnight January 31, 2024

Young Native artists (ages 5-18) from the Colorado Plateau are invited to enter the Junior Indigenous Art Competition, which runs annually in an online format. All submissions will be displayed in a virtual art exhibition on the Museum’s website and shared on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.


Visitors view the 1960 Junior Indian Art Show exhibition.

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 from 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 continues to encourage young artists through these pages and awards given at its annual Heritage Festival.  



Entries into this virtual art competition will be juried in two age groups—Youth (ages 12 and under) or Young Adult (ages 13 to 18). Within each age group, submissions will compete for first and second-place awards in the following categories:  

Award packages, including a $50 gift card, will be given to first-place and second-place winners. Artists may submit one piece and may suggest which category they would prefer their entry to be in.

How to enter 

To enter, email the following to by midnight, January 31, 2024:  

  • The artist’s name  
  • Tribal affiliation  
  • The artist’s age
  • Contact information for the artist or artist’s family 
  • Artist statement (300 words or less)  
  • Title of piece and brief description 
  • Which category the piece fits into: 2D Fine Art or Cultural Art 
  • Up to three high-quality photos of the piece  

Deadline: Midnight January 31, 2024

Email Sacha Siskonen at with any questions.  

Winners will be announced on in March 2024 to celebrate Youth Art Month. Winners will be notified via email about getting their gift card for art supplies and other goodies. 

View Past Year’s Junior Art Exhibitions

2023 Junior Art Entries

2021 Junior Art Entries