Brody Begay (Navajo), a sophomore at Coronado High School, won first place, along with a cash award, for photography in Division 3 (10th, 11th, and 12th grade) in the Heard Museum Guild’s 25th Annual American Indian Student Art Show and Sale held April 4th-7th.
As a result of his efforts, Brody will attend the Student Art Career Symposium held at the Heard Museum this summer in which young Native American artists who work in a variety of media will spend time with students and provide demonstrations and advice on realizing a successful career in the arts.
This year, Brody was part of Coronado’s largest contingent to date to participate in the show–nine students representing four different tribes (Hopi, Navajo, Pascua Yaqui, and Zuni).
This is the second year in a row that Brody has been recognized for his outstanding work at the show; as a freshman in 2013, he received a second place award, an honorable mention, and a monetary prize in Division 2 (7th, 8th, and 9th grade) in the drawings category.
Brody’s work was chosen last year to appear on the Heard Museum Guild’s note cards, which are sold to help raise money for student scholarships and teacher grants for art supplies.
The Heard Museum’s Annual American Indian Student Art Show and Sale gives students in 7th through 12th grades the opportunity to display their original artwork in a museum setting, have their art judged by a professional panel, participate in an opening night “Meet the Artist” gallery reception, compete for cash prizes, scholarships, summer art workshop awards, and potentially sell their artwork.
Typically, more than 700 pieces of art in various categories, such as beadwork, jewelry, painting, drawing, and photography, are submitted to the show each year from students throughout the United States.
Since 1992, this annual event has returned more than $500,000 to students from the sale of their artwork and more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants to art teachers.
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