First American Art Magazine No. 7, Summer 2015 - Page 12

Recent Developments MUSEUMS The University of Tulsa hired James Pepper Henry (Kaw-Muscogee Creek) as the new executive director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Henry previously served as director and CEO of the Heard Museum and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, associate director of the National Museum of the American Indian, and director of the Kanza Museum, which he co-founded. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board is refurbishing the Southern Plains Indian Museum (SPIM) in Anadarko, Oklahoma. John Worthington, a Bureau of Indian Affairs archaeologist, is serving as interim curator while the previous curator Bambi Allen is on extended leave. The new museum design will feature more space to display items from SPIM’s permanent collection and a hands-on learning center for children. The interim chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Candice Hopkins (Carcross/ Tagish First Nations), has accepted the position as chief curator. Hopkins earned her master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and has curated at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, the Walter Phillips Gallery, and SITE Santa Fe. The Iroquois Indian Museum, in Howes Cave, New York, hired Stephanie Shultes as its new director. Shultes volunteered at the museum in 1985 through 1991, when she became the museum’s curator. She earned her master’s degree in anthropology from University of Albany, SUNY. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art hired Scott Shoemaker, PhD (Indiana Miami), as its new Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History, and Culture. Shoemaker earned his doctoral degree in American studies and master’s degree in landscape architecture. His research interests include Miami language and ribbonwork. 1 0 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts in Santa Fe is closing its doors after the death of its founder Margarete Bagshaw (Santa Clara Pueblo, 1964–2015). The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is rotating artwork in its Art of the Americas galleries. Its new selection from the permanent collection will be on view this summer. GALLERIES Scholars and Indigenous artists partnered to create Tucum, an artist network with a gallery in Santa Teresa, Rio Janeiro, Brazil. Tucum also hosts an online store, selling locally crafted items to benefit 15 Indigenous villages from the Amazon, Cerrado, and Northeast Brazil. The founders believe artwork such as jewelry, basketry, and pottery help transmit cultural values to the younger generations. Members of the Kayapó tribe were the first to join the project, followed by members of the Kamayurá, Karajá, Kashinawa, Krahô, Mehináku, Pataxó, Suruí, Ticuna, and Waimiri-Atroarí tribes. For more information, visit The Winnipeg Art Gallery received a $500,000 gift from TD Bank Group to build its planned Inuit Art Center. The bank, holder of one of the largest corporate collections of Inuit art, contributed the gift to fund an artist-inresidence program and printmaking studio. ART FAIRS The Heard Museum Guild held its 57th annual Indian Fair and Market at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy) won Best of Show, his second at the Heard Fair. Best of Class winners were Vernon Haskie (Navajo), jewelry and lapidary; Daryl Whitegeese (PojoaqueSanta Clara Pueblo), pottery; Orlando Alli son (Gila River-Hopi), paintings, drawings, graphics, and photography; Alex Lewis (Cheyenne River Sioux), wooden carvings; Nelson Tsosie (Navajo), sculpture; Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit), textiles; Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota), diverse art forms; and Jeremy Frey, baskets. The 2015 Southwest Indian Art Fair (SWIAF) hosted by the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, awarded Ronald Honyouti (Hopi) Best of Show. Johnathan Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) won the Legacy Award and both Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Iva Honyestewa (Hopi-Navajo) won acquisition awards. An Award of Excellence was given to one to four winners in each category: Jessica Lomatewama (Hopi) and Stephanie Lomatewama-Kayquoptewa (Hopi), basketry; Charlene Reano (San Felipe Pueblo), Fritz Casuse (Navajo), Weaver Selina (Hopi), and Allen Aragon (Navajo), jewelry; Ronald Honyouti (Hopi) and Antone Honanie (Hopi), katsina carving; Nuvadi Dawahoya (Hopi) and Carol Lujan (Navajo), sculpture; Alberta Henderson (Navajo), textiles; Kevin Horace Quannie (Hopi-Navajo), Baje Whitethorne (Navajo), and Mike Medicine Horse Zillioux (Akimel O’odham-CheyennePawnee), 2-D art; and James Garcia (TewaHopi-Laguna), Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Jordan Roller (Santa Clara Pueblo), clay. ART SHOWS The Best of Show winner of the 2015 Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show, sponsored by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma, was Roy Boney Jr. (Cherokee Nation). Classification winners were Vicki Coppedge (Cherokee Nation), basketry/ traditional; Kristie Vann (Cherokee Nation), basketry/commercial; Dorothy Ice (United Keetoowah Band), textiles; Sandy Fife Wilson (Muscogee Creek), jewelry; Jimmy Gerald Stone (Seminole Nation), graphics; Verna Bates (Cherokee Nation), pottery; David Chaudoin (Cherokee Nation), sculpture; Toby Hughes (Cherokee Nation), cultural items; Dylan Cavin (Choctaw Nation), 2-D miniatures; Ronda Moss (Cherokee Nation), 3-D miniatures; Carolyn Pallett (Cherokee Nation), beadwork; and Gary Allen (Cherokee Nation), painting.