Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision exhibition, Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building, Santa Fe New Mexico. May 5, thru August 25th 2017
Upcoming Event: Meet the Living Treasures, reception August 17th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building.
Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision presents a selection of indigenous arts that could only come from the State of New Mexico. As a state that celebrates the great artistic achievements of its residents – past and present – the exhibit is fittingly installed in the Governor’s Gallery of the State Capitol. Works by fourteen of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s “Living Treasures” enliven the space with bold assertions of creativity, cultural survival and beauty.
Since 2006, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has awarded outstanding indigenous artists with the designation of “Living Treasure” during the Museum’s annual Native Treasures Festival. These artists, who have left their mark in the field of contemporary indigenous arts and culture, have achieved excellence in the areas of painting, sculpture, beadwork, pottery and jewelry. The more adventurous museum goer, who takes the time to go off the beaten track to the fourth floor of the Rotunda, will find a hidden gem in Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision. The pieces on display from artists such as Lonnie Vigil, Roxanne Swentzell, Teri Greeves, and Robert Tenorio, stand as a powerful reminder that tradition and cultural practices thrive within the vibrant, creative worlds of New Mexico’s Pueblo and tribal communities.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture provides a venue for communities throughout New Mexico to come together to celebrate, educate, and promote transformative opportunities for dialogue and exchange between people. The Museum serves over 45,000 visitors a year with education programs, art and history exhibitions, lectures and artist demonstrations.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasures:
2006---Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo Pueblo
2007---Mike-Bird Romero, San Juan Pueblo
2008---Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, Picuris Pueblo/Navajo
2009---Upton S. Ethelbah, Jr., White Mountain Apache/Santa Clara Pueblo
2010---Lonnie Vigil, Nambe’ Pueblo
2011---Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo
2012---Tony Abeyta, Navajo
2013---Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo
2014---Althea Cajero, Santo Domingo Pueblo/Acoma Pueblo
2014---Joe Cajero, Jemez Pueblo
2015---Teri Greeves, Kiowa
2015---Keri Ataumbi, Kiowa
2016---Dan Namingha, Tewa/Hopi
2017---Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo
Exhibition Thumbnail photo:
Rainbow Dancers by Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, c. 1999. Clay. Purchased with funds from the Buchsbaum Purchase Fund for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.