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SAR Announces 2018-19 Native Artist Fellows

Apr 24, 2018

SAR is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 cycle of artists-in-residence. Each year the Indian Arts Research Center offers three fellowships to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. These fellowships give artists time to explore new avenues of creativity and invite them to grapple with ideas to advance their work and strengthen existing talents. While in residence artists can access the IARC collection of nearly 12,000 works of Native arts for research and study. This year’s artists tackle metalwork, carving, and weaving.

Nanibaa Beck. “Balance in Asymmetry Necklace,” 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.


2018 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow

Navajo metalsmith Nanibaa Beck learned her craft from her father, Victor Beck, Sr. which allowed her to connect with her culture and sense of self. During her residency, she plans to work with five female metalsmiths from the surrounding area. Beck expects to learn directly from this diverse group of female Native artists and to conduct research to strengthen her knowledge of Diné history, Indigenous female perspective, and to refresh her knowledge of Native jewelry. Beck will be in residence from June 15—August 15, 2018.

 2018 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

Gerry Quotskuyva, a Hopi katsina carver, developed a passion for his craft in his 30s. His current work on The Gnarly Root Project was inspired by a unique and unusually large piece of cottonwood root he found twelve years ago. Quotskuyva plans to carve numerous female Katsinam in flight, bursting from the base. Interspersed around them will be symbols of power and strength in the form of Puebloan designs and petroglyph symbols. Quotskuyva will be in residence from September 1—December 1, 2018.

2019 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

Meghann O’Brien, a Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw weaver, is interested in reconciling the perceived divide between male dominated totem and mask carving and that of weaving and textiles often deemed ‘women’s work.’ O’Brien views her work as wearable art and often draws her inspiration from high fashion. “The traditions in haute couture still honor textiles and the handmade as an art worth celebrating,” she writes. While in residence O’Brien will create an intricately woven necklace in the Chilkat tradition, depicting the mythological Haida Dogfish Mother. She will be in residence from March 1—May 31, 2019.


The Native artist fellowships support diverse creative disciplines. Recent fellows have included Brent Michael Davids (composer), Maile Andrade (multimedia), Mateo Romero (painter), Will Wilson (photographer), Erica Lord (performance artist), Carol Emarthle Douglas (basketmaker), Kathleen Wall (sculptor), and Loren Aragon (fashion designer).

Gerry Quotskuyva. “Guardians of the Mesas,” 2014. Acrylic on cottonwood root. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Meghann O’Brien. “Kuugan Jaad I, II, Contemporary Chilkat Leggings,” 2015. Merino-cashmere, cashmere, yellow cedar bark. Photo by Stasia Garraway, courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Events

Jul
18
Wed
2018
10:00 am SAR Summer Salon – Enchantment &... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
SAR Summer Salon – Enchantment &... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR Summer Salon - Enchantment & Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range with author William deBuys @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Droughts, changing habitats, and increased urban sprawl over the last several decades have impacted the landscape and people of the Southwest. Continuing this year’s programmatic focus on climate change issues, the School for Advanced Research[...]
Jul
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2018
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Jul
24
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2018
5:00 pm President’s Circle Event: Collec... @ Presented at the home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM
President’s Circle Event: Collec... @ Presented at the home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
President's Circle Event: Collections of Distinction Tour @ Presented at the home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM
Bill Miller. Photo by Mayo Miller King Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres ($50 is tax deductible) William “Bill” Miller is not your typical collector’s collector. Miller built his collection over the years not[...]
Jul
26
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2018
5:00 pm Thomas Parrie: Indigenous Writer... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Thomas Parrie: Indigenous Writer... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thomas Parrie: Indigenous Writer in Residence lecture and reception @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Thomas Parrie, 2018 This year’s Indigenous Writer in Residence, Thomas Parrie (Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb in west Louisiana), presents on his current collection of short stories. The project, Aztec Sandwiches, is a semi-autobiographical tale of[...]
Jul
27
Fri
2018
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Aug
3
Fri
2018
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Aug 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Aug
9
Thu
2018
5:30 pm Nanibaa Beck: Artist Talk, Recep... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Nanibaa Beck: Artist Talk, Recep... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Nanibaa Beck: Artist Talk, Reception & Open Studio @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
“Balance in Asymmetry Necklace,” 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist, Nanibaa Beck. Navajo metalsmith Nanibaa Beck presents on her experiences as the 2018 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow. Over the course of her fellowship, Beck[...]
Aug
10
Fri
2018
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]