Biographical / Contact : Information


Born: 1982

Address: PO Box 2491 Santa Fe NM 87504

Phone: 505.501.2124

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Dine`) /  Picuris Pueblo






2016  University of New Mexico-  Master of Fine Arts, Minor Museum Studies  

2009      Institute of American Indian Arts- Bachelors of Fine Arts

1994     Apprentice under Connie Tsosie Gaussoin



Continuing Art Education


     2013     Kiln-Glass Components for Jewelry & Wearables. Bullseye Glass

2012     Kiln- Glass Casting for fusing & slumping. Bullseye Glass Sf Nm

2012    Creative Santa Fe- “Imagined Futures” Cyndi Conn

2005    School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Continuing BFA)

     2003     SBDC Julianna Barbee -Marketing “ You” the Artist


Public Collections


Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM

Museum of Man, San Diego, CA

Red Cloud Museum. Pine Ridge, SD

Artist in Residence/ Teaching related



     2014-2016 Foundation Arts 126, Univ of NM Albuquerque, NM

Instructor as T.A.  / Ligia Bouton , Jessamyn Lovell

Includes, creating syllabus and course outline.


     2015 Santa Fe Art Institute & Southwest American Indian Arts Fellow

     2014 Land Arts of the American West Program

experiment and interdisciplinary model for creative and critical arts     pedagogy based in place. This program puts students in direct contact with place of the American Southwest through Field Investigations, Research, Creative Production, and Public Presentation/Dissemination


2009- 2014    Lost Wax Casting Instructor @ Poeh Arts Center & Museum.   Pojoaque    NM.


     2007           “Piko”. International Indigenous Arts Symposium / Residency

Kona, Hawaii ( 2 Weeks )


2006      The King  Fellowship at The School of Advanced Research. Santa Fe, NM. ( 3 Month Residency )


     2005    The Heard Museum Phx, AZ./Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, AZ.        

Year-long Project creating Benches for Mayo Clinic Garden    


2004    Idyllwild Arts, Summer- Tufa Casting Workshop. Idyllwild, CA


2003    Idyllwild Arts, Summer- Tufa Casting Workshop. Idyllwild, CA


2000   Heard Museum. Artist Residency. Phoenix, AZ

Taught jewelry workshops with  local college/high school students,  and lecture to Guild Members.


Museum and Gallery Affiliations


Kiva Gallery, Uppsala Sweden


Museum of Art and Design, New York. NY


The National Museum of the American Indian of New York, NY


The Museum of American Indian; Smithsonian, Washington D.C.


The American Craft Shop-Dept. of Interior, Washington, D.C.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture “Native Treasures”


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Holiday Sale”, Chicago, IL.


Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs, “Indian Market”, Santa Fe NM.


The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ.


Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ.


Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA.


Figerlli Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ


Victoria Price Gallery, Santa Fe NM.


Shuz Yaz Gallery, Santa Fe NM.


Case Trading Post, Wheelwright Museum, S.F. NM.


The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum Shop, S.F. NM.


The Fuller Museum, Brockton, Mass.


Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts


Selected Group/ Solo  Invitational Exhibitions


2015 Native Fashion Now; North American Indian Style, Salem, Massachusetts.


2014 Land Arts of the American West, John Sommers Gallery. Albuquerque,  NM


2014 “Grey Matters”, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe NM.

2014 “ Fashion Feast”  Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ.


2013 AC[2] Gallery, Incoming MFA Candidates, Albuquerque NM


2013 The Isleta Resort & Casino Exhibit Showcase Albuquerque NM


2013 Beyond Buckskin Boutique & The Idyllwild Arts Academy “ Fashion Show”  CA.  


2012    The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts ( MoCNA) “ Fashion Heat” Sf, NM.


2011 The Heard Museum “ Where Fashion is Heard” Phx, A.Z.


+The Museum of Contemporary Native American Art (MOCNA), “ Opulence”     S.F. NM


+ Studio 41 “ America Dreams”  Santa Fe, NM.


+University of San Diego (David W. May Gallery), “Silver & Stones”, San Diego, CA.


2010 Poeh Arts Museum, “ AXIOM” Pojoaque NM

+Mesa Arts Center, “ Transcending Traditions” Mesa, AZ

+Museum of Art and Design, “ LOOT”, New York, NY


2009 Museum of Indian Arts & Culture; “ Native Couture: A History of Santa Fe    Style” 


2008 Santa Fe Community Gallery, “Generations”, Santa Fe NM


2007   +”Native Couture: History of Santa Fe Style” The MIAC Museum, Santa Fe, NM


+”Young Jewelers Show” The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ


+”Santa Fe Design Week Fashion Show” S.F. NM.


+Fashion Show, Santa Fe Indian School Oct 11,


2005 The Santa Fe Opera, “Red Hot for POP”, Santa Fe NM.

+The Santa Fe Art Institute – Santa Fe Design Week, Santa Fe NM

+NM Aids Foundation, Hair and Fashion Show- Albuquerque NM


2004 Institute of American Indian Arts, “Show of Power”, Santa Fe NM.


2003 The Santa Fe Opera, “Fashion Pops at Swig”, Santa Fe NM.

+Desert Caballeros Museum, “Western Handcrafted Designs”, Wickenburg, AZ


2002 The Santa Fe Opera, “Fashion Pops at Swig”, Santa Fe NM.


2001 Wheelwright Museum, “Gaussoin Family Demonstration”, Santa Fe NM.

+Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Family Exhibition, Santa Fe NM.


1999 Northern Arizona Museum, “Navajo Show”, Flagstaff, AZ.


1998 Wheelwright Museum, “Legacy: A Family Tradition”, Santa Fe, NM.


1997 Futures for Children, “Christmas Fiesta”, Albuquerque, NM.


1996 Northern Arizona Museum, “Navajo Show”, Flagstaff, NM.

+Red Willow Gallery, Tubac, AZ.


Awards,  Honors and Ribbons

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM

2002 “Collectors Choice Award

Wheelwright Museum Youth Market, Santa Fe NM

1998, 2000


Heard Museum Market, Phx, AZ


Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs, Santa Fe, NM:

1994, 1995, 1996,1998,1999,2000,

2002  “Cruzin Around the Rez”, SWAIA/IAIA Art Auction

Eight Northern Pueblos Council Annual Summer Show, NM:

1996,1997, 1999,2000


Lectures and Demonstrations

2014 Santa Fe Exports Tufa Cast Demonstration, Tamaya Resort. Albuquerque, NM.  The Heard Museum Guild Studio Visit (Phx, AZ) – Santa Fe NM

2013 “Estancia Primera Presentation”, Santa Fe NM

“ArtFeast Fashion Show 2013”, Santa Fe NM


2012   Wheelwright Museum “ Lecture for Santa Fe Newcomers” Santa Fe NM.


2007    Santa Fe Design Week “La Buena Vida” – Discussion Panel S.F. NM.   

“Southwest Seminars” Hotel Santa Fe, NM

2006    The School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

“Native Under 25” discussion panel; Avant Garde The Museum of New Mexico, SF, NM.

2003 Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Panel discussion with Michael Kabotie,

Idyllwild, Ca.

2001 MIAC Collectors Club, Demonstration on Casting, Santa Fe NM

Wheelwright Museum, Lecture, Santa Fe NM.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Lecture, Santa Fe NM.


1999 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Demonstration, Santa Fe NM.




2015 Ready to Wear Native Fashion Now: Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican


2015 Native Fashion Now; North American Indian Style; Peabody Essex Museum


2011 High Street Fashion Jewelry, Jessica Metcalfe, Beyond Buckskin Blog


2011 Santa Fe Indian Market 2011 Fashion Event, Jessica Metcalfe, Beyond Buckskin Blog


2011 Natives look for evolution at Indian Market, Chee Brossy, Navajo Times, Aug 25.


2009 Masters of Contemporary Indian Jewelry, Nancy N. Schiffer, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.


2007 A New Era in Jewelry, Forging a Future, Diana Pardue, Ornament Magazine, Vol. 31 No. 2

2007 Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry, Diana F. Pardue with the Heard Museum


2007 Creating with Metal, Dr. Gregory Schaaf, Native Peoples Magazine, Sept/Oct


2006 Artists Tackle New Genre for Mayo Clinic, Dottie Indyke, El Palacio, Vol. 111/No.3

2006 Native Artists Collaborate on Bench Project in Mayo Clinic’s Healing Garden

Heard Museum Journal

2006 Fashionation, Native Designers Step it up, Susan Heard, Native Peoples Magazine, 2006

2005 Turquoise Jewelry, 2nd Edition, Nancy N Schiffer

2004 Breaking New Ground, Russ Tall Chief, The Santa Fean Magazine, Aug 2004


2003 American Indian Jewelry I, 1,200 Artists Biographies, By Gregory Schaaf, CIAC Press; American Indian Art Series; volume 5.

Phaedra Haywood, “Oops, I dropped a name: Santa Fe holds a fashion show”,

The New Mexican, Sunday November 16th, pg E-3\


2000 Indian Jewelry, World Photo Press (Japan), Spring 2000, pg 22-25

The World of Digital Camera: PHOTO GALLERY, by Takatoshi Sato, World Photo Press (Japan), 2000, pg 24-25

1999 Pueblo People Ancient Traditions, Modern Lives:  Marcia Keegan

Gaussoin Tradition, Southwest Art Magazine, August 1999, pg 136

Emily Van Cleeve, “Silversmiths share craft, inspiration, Family balances tradition with edge”, The Albuquerque Journal, Thursday August 19 pg 30-32


1998 Pueblo Artists Portraits, photographs by Toba Pato Tucker and essays by Alfred Bush, Rina Swentiell, and Lonnie Vigil, August.

Lynn Cline, “A feast fit for Indian Market: American Indian draw from their heritage in a new cookbook”, The New Mexican, August 19


Boards and Memberships (past & present )


2014- 2016  Institute of American Indian Arts Alumni Committee.


2015 Land Arts of the American West; Field Director Search Committee. Univ of NM


2000 – 2008 Pueblo Opera Program of The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe NM.


2006 The Santa Fe Community Foundation: Native American Advisory             Committee


2004             Friends of Indian Art, MIAC, Member, Santa Fe, NM.



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