Past Exhibitions

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision - At the Governor’s Gallery

May 5, 2017 through August 25, 2017

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision exhibition, Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building, Santa Fe New Mexico. May 5, thru August 25th 2017

Upcoming Event: Meet the Living Treasures, reception August 17th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building.

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision presents a selection of indigenous arts that could only come from the State of New Mexico.  As a state that celebrates the great artistic achievements of its residents – past and present – the exhibit is fittingly installed in the Governor’s Gallery of the State Capitol.  Works by fourteen of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s “Living Treasures” enliven the space with bold assertions of creativity, cultural survival and beauty. 

Since 2006, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has awarded outstanding indigenous artists with the designation of “Living Treasure” during the Museum’s annual Native Treasures Festival. These artists, who have left their mark in the field of contemporary indigenous arts and culture, have achieved excellence in the areas of painting, sculpture, beadwork, pottery and jewelry.  The more adventurous museum goer, who takes the time to go off the beaten track to the fourth floor of the Rotunda, will find a hidden gem in Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision. The pieces on display from artists such as Lonnie Vigil, Roxanne Swentzell, Teri Greeves, and Robert Tenorio, stand as a powerful reminder that tradition and cultural practices thrive within the vibrant, creative worlds of New Mexico’s Pueblo and tribal communities.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture provides a venue for communities throughout New Mexico to come together to celebrate, educate, and promote transformative opportunities for dialogue and exchange between people. The Museum serves over 45,000 visitors a year with education programs, art and history exhibitions, lectures and artist demonstrations.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasures:

2006---Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo Pueblo

2007---Mike-Bird Romero, San Juan Pueblo

2008---Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, Picuris Pueblo/Navajo

2009---Upton S. Ethelbah, Jr., White Mountain Apache/Santa Clara Pueblo

2010---Lonnie Vigil, Nambe’ Pueblo

2011---Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo

2012---Tony Abeyta, Navajo 

2013---Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo

2014---Althea Cajero, Santo Domingo Pueblo/Acoma Pueblo

2014---Joe Cajero, Jemez Pueblo

2015---Teri Greeves, Kiowa

2015---Keri Ataumbi, Kiowa

2016---Dan Namingha, Tewa/Hopi

2017---Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo


Exhibition Thumbnail photo:

Rainbow Dancers by Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, c. 1999. Clay. Purchased with funds from the Buchsbaum Purchase Fund for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.