Aric Chopito

2010 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

Aric ChopitoAric Chopito2010 Rollin and Mary Ella King FellowAric Chopito2010 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow

Aric Chopito is one of the few weavers practicing in Zuni Pueblo today. As a result, he strongly believes in perfecting his weaving techniques and passing on his knowledge to future generations. While at SAR, Chopito worked on several projects, which included creating a kilt using a semi-brocade technique. This allowed the whole kilt fabric and design to be woven together. In addition, inspired by the IARC pottery collection, he created a rain sash that featured the woven image of the Tewa water serpent Avanyu. He accomplished this design using a floated warp technique. Chopito donated the sash to the IARC collection upon completion.

Chopito received his associate of fine arts in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Art. He has served as a weaving instructor at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni Pueblo and is a frequent demonstrator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, Chopito was formerly an IARC intern, completing an internship in Pueblo textiles. His work can be found in the collections of the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, California; Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument in Mountainair, New Mexico; the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and many others.

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

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