2013 IACA Artist of
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am of the Taabaaha (Waters Edge People) and born for the
Tachiinii (Red Running into the Water People). My maternal
grandfathers are the Ashiihi (Salt People), and my paternal
grandparents are the Kinyaa'aanii (Towering House People).
My work identifies myself as an artist, but it also shows where
I come from as a young man. I come from a proud family that has
always inspired my work and were my first judges, who are always
full of encouragement.
shows my pride in what I do best and in hopes that it will also
inspire a young artist to find their vision. I found my work to
always benefit my education because being a full time college
student was never cheap. It was a way for me to pay for school
expenses because I was never eligible for financial aid. Now to
begin my doctoral program for a PhD in Political Science with a
dissertation in Public Policy, I find my artwork always being a
part of my educational career.
Beadwork is a way to express many feelings and thoughts from
each moccasin to bracelet made. Silverwork adds to the value of
that beadwork, by forming the silver around the beadwork design.
My beadwork is always center for each design and it is the
silver that protects that beadwork centralized in each piece.
is innovative and looks different, but in the manner of how I
form the silverwork is something remembered from the past.
is oxidized and stamped like how my Cheii taught me. The
beadwork is always floral or similar to leaf designs because
that is how the Kiowa are known for their designs. Knowing the
effort put into each piece, it is not only a way to support the
hardships of college funding, but a way to live and earn a place
in history among the showcases of art shows.
2013 Artist of the Year Category
Other winners in the 2013 competition include:
New Member Artist of the Year:
- "Corn Goddess" gold necklace.
Jewelry - Lapidary:
Jimmy Calabaza -
"Dance Shell" 2-strand turquoise with sterling silver beads.
- Untitled. Sterling silver bracelet with Choctaw
Pam Lujan-Hauer -
"Aquiline Six Directions Vase"
micaceous clay burnished directionally to accentuate the
Susan Hudson -
"Honoring Ledger Quilt" It is
an inside out Ledger Quilt that honors Native POW/MIA from
the 4 Directions.
Mary Lou Big Day
- Untitled. Fully beaded Crow women's