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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

Jan
24
Thu
2019
6:30 pm Creative Thought Forum Lecture: ... @ James A. Little Theater
Creative Thought Forum Lecture: ... @ James A. Little Theater
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Creative Thought Forum Lecture: Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies @ James A. Little Theater
Tickets for this lecture are sold-out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist or have further questions please click here to email Meredith Davidson Creative Thought Forum lectures are free for SAR[...]
Jan
25
Fri
2019
10:00 am Creative Thought Forum Salon: Ch... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Creative Thought Forum Salon: Ch... @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Creative Thought Forum Salon: Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
The Friday following the lecture, SAR hosts an informal salon discussion with Anna Sofaer. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker and provides a deeper exploration of the lecture topics.[...]
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jan 25 @ 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[...]
Feb
1
Fri
2019
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Feb 1 @ 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[...]
Feb
7
Thu
2019
5:30 pm Book Talk: Beyond Cuban Waters w... @ Garcia Street Books
Book Talk: Beyond Cuban Waters w... @ Garcia Street Books
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Book Talk: Beyond Cuban Waters with Paul Ryer @ Garcia Street Books
What does it mean to be Cuban and how do residents of Cuba perceive the world and their role in it? Join SAR at Garcia Street Books for a reading from Beyond Cuban Waters: Africa,[...]
Feb
8
Fri
2019
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Feb 8 @ 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[...]
Feb
15
Fri
2019
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Feb 15 @ 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[...]
Feb
22
Fri
2019
2:00 pm Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Tours of the Indian Arts Researc... @ Indian Arts Research Center
Feb 22 @ 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[...]