Native Treasures honors artist

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The organizers of Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival are pleased to announce the 2013 recipient of the Native Treasures Living Treasure award: noted potter and sculptor Tammy Garcia, from Santa Clara Pueblo.
There will be a benefit ceremony honoring Garcia, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
The Native Treasures Living Treasure Award acknowledges both the body of work by an artist and the participation of that artist in the community at large.
Garcia is renowned for her innovation, design and execution across a variety of media. She is an artistic mentor to younger artists and in 2012 funded the Tammy Garcia Award for Excellence at SWAIA’s Indian Market.
“We are thrilled to have Tammy as our 2013 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasure,” Jane Buchsbaum said. “She is truly a gifted artist whose work incorporates traditional designs and modern iconography. Her forays into other media, such as bronze and glass, have been groundbreaking, while her pottery is always exceptional.” Buchsbaum is artist chairman for Native Treasures
Garcia is represented locally by Blue Rain Gallery, which carries her work in all media.
Raised at Santa Clara Pueblo, Garcia was born to a long line of talented and notable potters, not least of who was Margaret Tafoya, her great-great-aunt. So it was reasonable that Tammy began with traditional, coil-built pottery. But as a teenager, she began pushing the boundaries to experiment with different designs, three-dimensionality, and, eventually, symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.
In 1999, she applied her skills to bronze. “I love working in bronze because I’m able to create on a much larger scale than I can with pottery,” Garcia said. “It gives me a sense of freedom, allowing me to experiment. I also love the variety of colors and patinas available to me — I’m always looking for new ways to use them.”
Garcia also works in glass, both blown and etched and has collaborated with Preston Singletary and Shelley Muzylowski Allen. Garcia said she relishes the way the colors work together and how the play of light changes the pieces.
Garcia’s works have been exhibited extensively, including a retrospective at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis in 2005 and Beyond Tradition: The Pueblo Pottery of Tammy Garcia at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Garcia’s work is carried exclusively at Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe and Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Being named the MIAC Living Treasure is a special honor for me,” Garcia said. “The Museum of Indian Art and Culture’s collections are an important trove of historic and ancient designs, which provide inspiration for so many artists, especially when they start out. I am honored that the museum not only includes my art in their collections, but that the pieces are on continuous display.”
Native Treasures has become one of the important Indian art shows in the country since its inception in 2005. More than 200 museum-quality artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase and sell their pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art on Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Artists are invited to participate, and show organizers work to bring in new talent each year. Selected demonstrations by artists, music, and food will add to the atmosphere.
Last year’s award recipient was Diné painter, Tony Abeyta who will present Garcia with the award. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served. Tickets are $100. For tickets visit ticketssantafe.org, 988-1234, or visit the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe. For more information call 476-1250 or visit nativetreasures.org.