Recent Acquisitions · Contemporary Native American Art

This exhibition features photographs, pottery, jewelry and sculpture from the museum’s permanent collection.

This exhibition in the McCaffree Gallery features photographs, pottery, jewelry and sculpture from the museum’s permanent collection.

Artists Included in the Exhibition:
Jared Chavez (San Felepe Pueblo, b. 1982) graduated in 2005 from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, with a degree in Digital Art, and in 2006 he completed jewelry training at the Revere Academy in San Francisco.
His father Richard Chavez (San Felepe Pueblo, b. 1949) attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and Draughton's Business College, Dallas, Texas; he also studied architecture at the University of New Mexico from 1972 to 1975.
Doroles Curran (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1954) is the daughter of the late potter Ursulita Naranjo and the sister of famed miniaturist Geri Naranjo. Curran moved to San Juan Pueblo around 1977, and she has specialized in miniature pottery since creating her first piece at age 9. In 1993 she won "Best of Division" at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Originally from Minnesota, Todd Defoe (Ojibwe) graduated in 2001 from the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe.
Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1973) is the son of recognized potters Gloria Goldenrod and John Garcia. Jason Garcia earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2013, and received a BFA from the University of New Mexico in 1998. He was the 2007 Dubin Native American Artist Fellow at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, and has participated in many exhibitions and won several awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Lisa Holt (Cochiti, b. 1980) and Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo, b. 1978) live and work in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Holt is a niece of Virgil Ortiz and her mother was Inez Ortiz. She makes the pottery while her husband Harlan Reano paints the designs. Holt & Reano have won numerous awards for their pottery at the Heard Indian Fair and Santa Fe Indian Market.
Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk, b. 1964) grew up in Florida and now lives and works in Wisconsin, where he is Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an MFA and MA in Museum Studies in 2005 from Columbia College, Chicago; a BFA in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin; and in 1994, he studied in the Summer Program at the School of Visual Art in New York.
Now based in Missoula, Montana, Molly Murphy (Oglala, Lakota, b. 1977) graduated from the University of Montana in 2004 with a BFA.
Rainy Naha (Hopi, b. 1949) is one of the daughters of the Hopi potter Helen Naha, called Featherwoman. Rainy Naha has won numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos, the Heard Indian Market, and other events.
Randy Nahohai (Zuni, b. 1957) is the son of the Zuni potter Josephine Nahohai. He is well known for his innovative pottery which is influenced by historic pottery shapes and designs.
One of the most prolific Hopi abstract artists of today, Les Namingha (Hopi/Zuni, b. 1967) earned a BA in Design in 1992 from Brigham Young University.
Kevin Pourier (Oglala/Lakota, b. 1958) and his wife live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In the mid-1990s Pourier began to carve deer antlers, and later buffalo horn. As a result of a fellowship from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in 2005, Pourier was able to visit major museums and see and study a range of historic objects made from inlaid buffalo horn.
Ida Sahmie (Navajo, b. 1960) grew up in a traditional Navajo family and was taught to weave rugs by her mother and grandmother. As an adult, she learned to make pottery using Hopi/Tewa techniques from her mother-in-law Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, and she paints her thin, finely made pottery with traditional Dine (Navajo) designs.