Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumni Win Big at Heard Indian Fair & Market 

Marla Allison Best of Class - Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography "Labor of Love" Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Marla Allison
Best of Class – Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography
“Labor of Love”
Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Published March 21, 2016

SANTA FE—IAIA alumni took home an extraordinary number of prizes at the recent Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, which took place March 5 and 6, 2016, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Juried Competition was held on March 4, 2016.Published March 21, 2016Take “Best of Show”, Four “Best of Class” and 22% of Regular Awards in Juried Competition

The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation’s most prominent and successful American Indian artists each year.

Jody Naranjo and Glendora Fragua Best of Show "Pueblo Luck" Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Jody Naranjo and Glendora Fragua
Best of Show
“Pueblo Luck”
Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

The Heard Market welcomes traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as developing artists that may be selling their art alongside their more-established relatives. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of educating the public about the arts and lifeways of Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.

Jody Naranjo Guild 60th Anniversary Theme Award - Contemporary Pottery: "Old & New" Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Jody Naranjo
Guild 60th Anniversary Theme Award –
Contemporary Pottery:
“Old & New”
Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

19 IAIA alumni collected 29 awards in total — which represented 22% of the awards given.  Included in the list was the Best of Show winner — IAIA Class of ’01 alumna Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), who along with Glendora Fragua (Jemez Pueblo/Walatowa) took home the top prize for their collective piece “Pueblo Luck”.  The pair also received the prize for Best of Class: Pottery.  On her own, Jody was also awarded the Guild 60th Anniversary Theme Award – Contemporary Pottery, plus three other awards.

Additional winners included: 

Marla Allison ’00 (Laguna Pueblo)-Best of Class: Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography
Benjamin Harjo, Jr. ’63 (Seminole/Absentee Shawnee)-Best of Class: Diverse Art Forms
Robert Dale Tsosie 
’91 (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo) – Best of Class: Sculpture
Kenneth Williams 
’07 (Arapaho/Seneca) – Best of Class: Diverse Art Forms
Crystal Worl
 ’13 (Tlingit/Athabascan)
Fritz Casuse ’96 (Navajo)
Ken Romero ’77 (Taos/Laguna Pueblos)
Charlene Sanchez Reano ’92 (San Felipe/Santo Domingo Pueblos)
Preston Duwyenie ’82 (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Tedra Begay ’07 (Navajo)
Alex Lewis ’03 (Cheyenne River Sioux)
Cliff Fragua ’73 (Jemez Pueblo)
Lindsay Shakespeare ’01 (Mescalero Apache)
Ray Skeets ’84 (Diné)
Wanesia Spry-Misquadace ’02 (Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibway)
Shane Hendren ’91 (Navajo)
Edison Cummings ’84 (Navajo)
Kelly Church  ’96 (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians)

Robert Dale Tsosie Best of Class - Sculpture "Pueblo Starship" Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Robert Dale Tsosie
Best of Class – Sculpture
“Pueblo Starship”
Photo: Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Other prizes were awarded in categories such as Jewlery and LapidaryWooden Carvings,Baskets, and TextilesWeavings, and Clothing.  There were also a variety of Judges Awards passed out to the participants.

Chee Brossy, IAIA Alumni/Constituent Relations Manager, commented on the the success of the IAIA Alumni at the show:  “Our alumni have been successful in many fields of art, and the awards at the Heard Market this year have again shown their broad range.”

 

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