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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

The Wheelwright Museum is excited to announce the continuation of its Annual Benefit Sale, which will take place Friday, November 13th, and Saturday, November 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is the museum's largest fundraiser that supports future exhibitions, educational programming, and general operations. The Benefit Sale features 800 one-of-a-kind works that include Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, baskets, paintings, folk art, and much more. The Benefit Sale is in the Mary Wheelwright Library, adjacent to the museum.

The Benefit Sale is a first-come, first-serve event with great items and set prices. Visitors will shop in a safe environment with current Covid protocols in place. If you are concerned about shopping with others, you can schedule a personal visit by calling Nadia at (505) 982-4636, ext.102, to make an appointment.

Work by notable artists include, Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), Charlie Bird (Laguna/Santo Domingo), Jared Chavez (San Felipe), Cippy Crazy Horse (Cochiti), Jolene Eustace (Zuni/Cochiti), Tina Garcia (Santa Clara), R. C. Gorman (Navajo), Mary Irene (Muscogee Creek), Mary Lovato (Santo Domingo), Sheridan MacKnight (Chippewa/Lakota), Norbert Peshlakai (Navajo), Deanna Tenorio (Santo Domingo), Robert Tenorio (Santo Domingo), Lowell Salashoma (Hopi), Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut), Liz Wallace (Navajo/Washo/Maidu), plus many more.

Note: The Annual Benefit Sale is not an auction.

November Virtual Programming

Events are free to the public and hosted on Zoom. Register online at

Curator's Circle: Linda Lomahaftewa and Chaz John

Thursday, November 5th, 3:00 p.m.

Join the Wheelwright Museum for a series of virtual informal artist salons called the Curator's Circle. Chief Curator, Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), will lead discussions with exhibition artists on their art practice and respective work in Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art and Conversations: Artworks in Dialogue | The Daniel E. Prall Collection.

In December, the Curator's Circle will feature Cara Romero and Diego Romero. Save the date, Thursday, December 3rd, 3:00 p.m.

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Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Choctaw) is a printmaker, painter, and mixed-media artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializing in monotype and mixed-media work. She participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Heard Museum, Arizona, the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and the Wheelwright Museum. She won the 2001 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Power of Art Award. Lomahaftewa has work in collections at the Heard Museum, Arizona; the Millicent Rogers Museum, New Mexico; the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, in Washington D.C.; the Southern Plains Indian Museum, Oklahoma; and the Wheelwright Museum, to name a few. She travels nationally and internationally, including visits to hundreds of pre-contact Indigenous sites in the U.S. as part of her ongoing research into ancient Native cosmology and history. After earning her high school diploma from the Institute of American Indian Arts, she received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before teaching and retiring from the Institute of American Indian Arts, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.

Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska/Mississippi Band Choctaw) is from Topeka, Kansas, and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. John works primarily with opaque and raw images producing quickly lined and illuminated mixed media drawings and paintings to capture what he calls "Indigenous poetry in the face of conflict." John often blurs the lines of conceptual, performance, and traditional two-dimensional work. Interested in forming the modern myth and poetic reification, John's work is often accessible, layered with subversion, and always conveys a sense of Indigenous humor. John graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) with a B.F.A. in 2019. His work has exhibited at SITE Santa Fe, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Wheelwright Museum. John won the coveted SITE Santa Fe, SITE Scholar Award. His work is in the collection of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Creating through Covid with Emerald Tanner of Tanner's Indian Arts

Thursday, November 12th, 3:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of the Wheelwright for a unique virtual lecture with Emerald Tanner. Tanner will share how they are working with Native artists to produce work during the pandemic. Gallup, New Mexico, is a central mercantile for thousands of Native American artisans of the Great American Southwest. The Tanners have worked for and with local Native American talent to create one-of-a-kind, fine American Indian art for generations.

Emerald Tanner comes from a long line of Southwest traders and turquoise miners. She continues the tradition of providing artists with natural turquoise and choice materials to create pieces for the southwest jewelry market. Tanner will share work that draws parallels to work made during the mid-20th century and earlier.

About the Wheelwright Museum

The Wheelwright Museum is New Mexico's oldest independent non-profit museum. Founded in 1937 by Mary Wheelwright, the museum presents exhibitions of contemporary and iconic Native American art. The museum is home to the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, which contains the most comprehensive collection of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry in the world. The Wheelwright Museum's mission is to respect and support, record, and present the living traditions and creative expressions of Native American peoples.

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