The Power of Music

"The Power of Music," a self-portrait by Nathan Begay (Navajo) was the 2012 Best of Show winner in The Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale. This year's event is April 6-8, 2013.

Photo courtesy Heard Museum

You could pick up some pretty good art for a decent price this weekend.

The Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale features a vast array of katsina dolls, pottery, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, weavings, paintings and sculpture by Native American student artists from across the United States. Prices range from $20 to $1,000, according to museum spokesman Mark J. Scarp.

Held April 6-8, at the Heard (2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix), the show and sale is one of the few national events celebrating the achievements of Native artists in grades 7 to 12. A panel of judges chooses outstanding pieces in a juried competition, and winners receive cash prizes and ribbons. The students price their own artwork and receive the majority of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Note cards, which feature artwork by students and are available at the Heard Museum Shops, raise additional money for scholarships and art program grants.

Over its history, this annual event has returned more than $250,000 to students from the sale of their artwork and more than $185,000 in grants and scholarships, according to the museum.

Heard members get the first chance to see and purchase art during a preview at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. The sale is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Monday, April 6 and April 8, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Admission to the Student Art Show & Sale is included in the cost of general museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for students with ID and children 6 -12. Children 5 and younger and American Indians with proof of tribal enrollment are admitted free.

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