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Santa Fe Indian School Exhibit

Classic Santa Fe Indian School Works on Paper from the Collection with Current Santa Fe Indian School Works Featured

Joe Hilario Herrera

Show opens to the public on April 30th. Featured works from the Museum's collection of the first generation of The Santa Fe Indian School by Julian Martinez, Awa Tsireh, Tonita Peña, Acee Blue Eagle, Lois Smoky of the Kiowa Six, Fred Kabotie, Pop Chalee, Allan Houser, Eva Mirabal, Geronima Cruz Montoya, Quincy Tahoma, Joe Hilario Herrera, Harrison Begay, Andy Tsinahjinnie, Pablita Velarde, and Helen Hardin.  


DunnBeginning in the fall of 1932, Dorothy Dunn, an art teacher from the Midwest, opened the Studioat the Santa Fe Indian School, and taught an entire generation of students at the government boarding school how to paint in this style.  Students were encouraged to only paint subjects from their own cultural traditions, and many of the works produced under Dunns tutelage depict ceremonial dances, scenes of daily activities, and religious symbols.  In 1937, Dunns tenure as the schools art instructor came to an end and Geronima Cruz Montoya, one of Dunns early students from Ohkay Owingeh, took over as instructor.

As part of the museums mission of sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest, this exhibition makes an expansive collection of paintings from the museums archive available to the public for the first time.  The museum also strives to continue the legacies of its namesake and founder by supporting the local communities and artistic traditions represented in the permanent collection.  As a result, the Millicent Rogers Museum is collaborating with Art Palacios, the current Visual Arts Director at the Santa Fe Indian School.  Throughout the duration of the show, the exhibition will highlight a new work each month by current students of the Santa Fe Indian School.  According to Palacios, the students are thrilled to have their work exhibited next to famous artists. 





April 30 - July 03, 2016


Last Date 03 07 2016 10:00 AM