IACA Journal, Summer 2014 - page 6

IACA Journal | Summer 2014
Shane Hendren
Photo courtesy of Shane Hendren
Renowned jeweler Shane Hendren is the
IACA 2014 Artist of the Year
Shane R. Hendren
is a Master Metal Smith and Artist
who has spent his lifetime working at his craft. For the
past twenty years his principal focus has been on jewelry
rooted in his Navajo heritage, incorporating traditional
iconography and symbolism while employing
advanced metals techniques such as Mokume
Gane and engraving.
2014 Artist of the Year Category Winners
Harold Stevens, Jr.
- Diné
Dream Big
Ron Mitchell
- Cherokee
Gathering of Eagles
Barbara Gonzalez
- San Ildefonso Pueblo
Humming Birds and Quails
He comes from a long line of ranchers, and, at age 12, he inherited part of his
great-grandmother’s ranch, just ten miles away from the Chaco Canyon site,
a place that historians now know was a turquoise processing and distribution
center for the Native American community.
Art is also a great part of Hendren’s heritage. As a young man he won awards
for his paintings and sculptures, but when he had the opportunity to study
jewelry, he chose it as the best of both worlds. His formal training includes an
Associate Degree from IAIA in Museum Management and a BFA in all disci-
plines from the University of New Mexico.
His work can be found in public and private collections around the world, as
well as being featured in many magazines and books. His hard work and ded-
ication to his craft has been recognized by awards from all major art markets
and invitations to prestigious boards and conferences.
Hendren has served on the Boards of IACA and IACA-Education Fund, and
was IACA President in 2010.
The Artist of the Year Program is
sponsored by
Native Peoples Magazine
and artists must be IACA Members to
be eligible for this prestigious award.
Read more about our winners –
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