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Go Behind the Scenes With Leading Native Artists

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SAR Artists Live

Ever wonder what kind of equipment, materials, techniques, and space artists use to create their work? SAR’s new live series on Instagram takes you into the studio with leading Native American artists to find out this and more. Go behind-the-scenes and into the workspace of the many talented artists SAR has partnered with, both past and present. During this live event, participants can gain insight into the artist’s process, find out where they draw inspiration, and learn how current events are impacting their work and changing their outlook. Hosts Elysia Poon, director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center, and Felicia Garcia, curator of education, will interview the artists in a dynamic and informal dialogue guided in part by questions submitted throughout the conversation from the audience via the Instagram Live chat feature. 

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Special Indian Market SAR Artists Live Series (August 3 – September 29)

SAR’s Artists Live series, in partnership with Native American Art Magazine, takes you behind the scenes and into the studio with ten Native artists featured on the Santa Fe Indian Market’s new ecommerce platform


Nanibaa Beck

Nanibaa Beck

August 3, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Nanibaa Beck, Navajo jeweler

Nanibaa is SAR’s 2018 Dubin fellow. She says, “For some time now, I’ve been intrigued by…how female metalsmiths’ hands look as they create, why they chose metalsmithing, how they feel they’ve grown, connecting to community, and how their studio life has evolved.” Read more.

August 7, 6:00 p.m. MDT Gerry Quotskuyva, Hopi katsina carver

Gerry is SAR’s 2018 King fellow. His remarkable style of carving has been nationally recognized on public television, and is represented in several museum collections. Read more.

Gerry Quotskuyva

August 10, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Dawn Dark Mountain, Wisconsin Oneida painter

Dawn is SAR’s 2015 Dobkin fellow. Dawn’s heritage is an integral part of her artwork. She uses controlled, intricate watercolors to create visual narratives of her Iroquois background. Read more.

August 17, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Mateo Romero, Cochiti Pueblo painter

Mateo is SAR’s 2002 Dubin fellow.  In speaking about his work, he notes, “These paintings reflect a pattern of evolution and change…Overall, the paintings develop a rhythmic, hypnotic, trancelike feeling which is referential to the metaphysical space of the Pueblo and the dance itself.” Read more.

Mateo Romero, 2002 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

Mateo Romero, 2002 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

August 24, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Adrian Wall, Jemez Pueblo glass artist/stone sculptor

Adrian is SAR’s 2009 King fellow and while his primary medium is stone, he also works with clay, glass, and bronze. Stylistically, he is well known for blending figurative detail with abstract forms. Read more.

POSTPONED: August 31, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Marlowe Katoney, Navajo weaver

Marlowe is SAR’s 2015 King fellow. Originally trained as a painter, Marlowe incorporates his painterly aesthetics into his weavings.  For him, “being an artist is an ongoing pursuit of freedom.” Read more.

September 7, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Jonathan Loretto, Jemez/Cochiti Pueblos clay artist and jeweler

Jonathan is SAR’s 2012 King fellow. He has been creating pottery for over thirty years and his work has been featured at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian; Hui’noeau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Hawaii; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Read more.

Jonathan Loretto

2012 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow

September 14, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Franklin Peters, Acoma potter

Franklin is SAR’s 2011 King fellow. He received his pottery training from Phyllis Juanico, Florence Aragon, and his mother, Ella Peters. His work has been shown in several galleries around Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Read more.

September 21, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Randy Chitto, Mississippi Band of Choctaw clay artist

Randy is SAR’s 2006 Dubin fellow. Turtle storytellers are Chitto’s trademark, in which he blends stories from his Choctaw heritage with an art form known to the Southwest. Read more.

September 28, 6:00 p.m. MDT – Jason Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo clay artist and printmaker

Randy Chitto

Randy Chitto, Photograph by Katrina Lasko

Jason is SAR’s 2007 Dubin fellow. In his work, Jason carefully examines and interprets life around him and then shares those uniquely personal observations with the rest of the world. Read more


Lomayumtewa K. Ishii, Hopi painter – WATCH

Mikayla Patton, Oglala Lakota papermaker and printmaker – WATCH

Jeffrey Gibson, Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee painter and installation artist – WATCH

Ian Kuali’i, Kanaka Maoli and Apache mixed-media artist – WATCH 

Leah Mata Fragua, Northern Chumash place-based artist – WATCH

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