Marla Allison

2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

Marla Allison (3-D)Marla Allison (3-D)2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow. Stereo photograph by Jason S. Ordaz. Request 3-D glasses or build your own (PDF, 315 KB).Marla Allison (3-D)2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow. Stereo photograph by Jason S. Ordaz. Request 3-D glasses or build your own (PDF, 315 KB).

In March 2010, painter Marla Allison arrived at SAR to begin her residency as the 2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow. Hailing from Laguna Pueblo, she has quickly become a rising star in the Native art world.

During her fellowship, Allison used the IARC collections to research and gain inspiration for the creation of a new body of work. Among her many works completed at SAR, she produced a series of four paintings influenced by pottery in the IARC collection. In an article about her fellowship that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal North on March 29, 2010, Allison spoke about her motivations for creating. “Everybody knows Hopi and everybody knows Cochiti, but nobody knows Laguna. I want to give a visual voice to Laguna,” she said.

Allison’s work is inspired by Pueblo pottery from Laguna and Hopi as well as by twentieth-century artists such as Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Pablo Picasso. Her work seamlessly combines different styles and media, creating a body of work that is uniquely her own. In her relatively short career she has been featured in several exhibitions, including the Young Artist Show at the Heard Museum’s Berlin Gallery and Seventh Heartbeat at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Innovation Award at Santa Fe Indian Market.

People of PeacePeople of PeaceMarla Allison, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 24”. Private Collection. Courtesy the artist.Marla AllisonMarla Allison2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow
People of PeaceMarla Allison

Allison remarked, “I have been trying to find historical works and it has been a slow process. … The IARC fellowship [helped] me to find the designs and historical connection through research.”

Find out more about Marla Allison by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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