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Volume 6, Issue 2

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IACA Artist of the Year Awards (continued from page 2)

Navajo artist Ronnie Henry's spectacular

14k gold necklace with gem quality Cande-

laria turquoise and SL1 diamonds gar-

nered the second place award.

Entitled

Broken Arrow

, Ronnie’s piece is

tufa cast with inlaid stones, flush set dia-

monds and a hand made chain.

Ronnie Henry Second Place Award

Broken Arrow

Cliff Fragua Third Place Award

Carries Our Prayers

Renowned sculptor Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), and 2005 IACA Artist of the Year win-

ner earned third place in the 2017 competition for his sculpture

Carries Our Prayers

.

Cliff’s sculpture is made in the traditional way using laminated calcite and marble. The

eagle wears a turquoise necklace.

IACA Artist of the Year Selection Process

Each year a

different panel of three independent judges

select the IACA Artist of the Year. Each entry is judged upon its own merits,

and is not compared to other entries in the competition. During the process, judges are not allowed to speak with one another.

IACA board members are not permitted to judge the competition. Each entry is judged on a scale of one to ten based on three

criteria: creativity and originality; technical complexity; and overall appeal.

Separately the scores of each entry by each judge are tabulated and verified independently by two “score keepers.” The maker of

the artwork with the highest overall score is named the IACA Artist of the Year.

The IACA Artist of the Year award is the most rigorous competition in American Indian Art. Very few can claim to be an IACA

Artist of the Year. It is has become the greatest honor in the world of American Indian art ever since Virginia Stroud took the

honor back in 1982.