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1995:
Andy Lee Kirk
(Isleta Pueblo)
d.2001
Like many artists,
Andy Lee Kirk
did not
initially realize his calling as a jeweler. In
fact, far from it—Andy actually received
a degree in biology from the University of
New Mexico! It was during his scientific
studies that he began to dabble in jewel-
ry making. He later went on to work for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and
then the Forest Service before realizing
his potential as a jeweler. Never one to
settle for the norm, Andy Lee Kirk blazed
through competitions, inspiring fellow
artists and wowing judges. His artistic
innovation reached further than aesthetic
beauty alone. His designs were brilliant—a
perfect balance between clean modern
lines, meaningful symbolism, and bright
southwestern colors such as lapis lazuli,
turquoise, and red coral.
1996:
Jesse T. Hummingbird
(Cherokee)
Jesse T. Hummingbird
studied art at Watkins
Institute, the University
of Tennessee, and classes
at The American Acade-
my of Art in Chicago. He
established himself as a successful printer,
graphic artist, and commercial illustrator
before becoming a full time artist in 1983.
Jesse pursues both Cherokee and other
American Indian themes in his acrylic
paintings as what he calls “intertribal fanta-
sy.” While painting contemporary images,
Jesse paints in the traditional style of the
Oklahoma Native painters. He and his wife,
Sandy, have also published four children’s
activity books.
1997:
Michael Kirk
(Isleta Pueblo)
Michael Kirk
is from the
Isleta Pueblo along the Rio
Grande south of Albu-
querque, New Mexico,
and he is also of Navajo
descent. He began making
jewelry in 1971 after serving in the Marines
in Vietnam. He is known for his delicate
feather designs which he hand cuts and
adds etched and carved details to make
each feather realistic. His satin finish is
spectacular. Michael has won many awards
for his jewelry including first place at
Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial and
Best of Division at Santa Fe Indian Market.
As with many Native American artists, the
jewelry business is a family affair with Mi-
chael’s wife Marie, daughter Elizabeth and
son Lawrence involved in various aspects
of the business.
1992:
John Balloue
(Cherokee)
John Balloue
was born
in Richmond, Cali-
fornia, the son of an
English/Irish mother
and Cherokee father.
After returning from
Vietnam, he formalized his art training
as a student on the G.I. bill, eventually
graduating in 1975 with a B.A. in Art from
California State University Hayward. John
has achieved national acclaim and recog-
nition for his work in oil and acrylic. After
painting in a realistic style for over 30 years,
John now experiments with more contem-
porary, innovative styles. His works are in
many public and private collections, and
can be seen in galleries throughout the U.S.
1993:
NAVEEK
(Navajo)
NAVEEK
uses his pro-
fessional name to honor
both his Navajo and
Greek heritage. Raised on
the Navajo Reservation
and influenced by his
grandfather, a medicine man and silver-
smith, he also credits his Greek ancestry
for much of his creativity. NAVEEK is an
extraordinary master jeweler whose superb
jewelry shows a harmony and balance be-
tween traditional and contemporary styles.
He constantly searches for new approaches
and unique styles, while at the same time
giving strict attention to minute details and
the flawless finish of each piece. One of the
singular features of a NAVEEK bracelet is
the stampwork on the inside, which may be
either traditional in design or representa-
tive of mountain wild flowers. Often asked
about the significance, the answer can be
found in Navajo belief that an individual’s
internal beauty lies within, making each
of us special. So it is with each piece, the
internal design adds to the uniqueness and
beauty of the art.
1994: Carol Snow
(Seneca)
Carol Snow
is a certified
tribal artisan of the Seneca
Nation of Indians. She has
had over 100 paintings
and drawings published
in books, magazines and
calendars. Her focus is on mixed media
painting and collages, using various combi-
nations of oil, metal leaf, ink, dyes, acrylics,
watercolors and textural elements on canvas
and tea-dyed watercolor paper. She most
often works with animal, American Indian
and western motifs, using realistic, whimsi-
cal and contemporary primitive styles. She is
also a published poet and writer.
silversmith by watching his father, well-
known Zuni jeweler, Jacob Haloo. With
the guidance and encouragement of his
father, Jake eventually became a master
jeweler. His jewelry designs go beyond the
usual Zuni style in that the inlay is carved
in three dimensions. His work has been
showcased in a number of books, including
those of Jerry Jacka.
1989:
Bill Rabbit
(Cherokee)
d.2012
Bill Rabbit
was born
and attended school in
Casper, Wyoming. Here
he watched the color
changing in the skies
and the form of things
in nature which influ-
enced him from an early age. Bill was an
early starter, selling his first watercolor for
$4 while still in elementary school. Other
than a brief two-week class in grade school,
Bill had no formal art training, but his self-
taught expertise in painting led to receiving
numerous awards and recognitions.
1990:
Angelina Frances Medina
(Acoma/Zia)
Angelina Medina
is
a member of the Bear
Clan at Acoma/Zia, and
has been active in cre-
ating stunning works of
art from clay since about
1983. She was partly raised by her maternal
grandmother, a traditional potter. Her
work is concentrated mainly on clay sculp-
tures, but she also produces polychrome
jars and effigy bowls, as well as jewelry and
painting. Angelina is an activist for Native
American issues and participated in the
Alcatraz Island takeover during the 1970s.
A trained elementary teacher, she also has
taught her art to other great potters such as
Noreen Simplico.
1991:
Denny Haskew
(Potawatomi)
After working as a ski
instructor, a carpenter,
and a raft guide in the
Grand Canyon, at age 38
Denny Haskew
began
his career as an artist.
He is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi
Nation. His mother took him to a sculpture
show in Loveland, Colorado, and he soon
became apprenticed to Fritz White for a
year before striking out on his own. He is
a painter and sculptor, but is best known
for bronze works of all sizes, which depict
the human body. The figures in his work,
both paintings and sculpture, portray many
emotions of the human spirit including
love, healing, relationship, and strength.
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