SWAIA Announces 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Editors Report
6/2/04

The SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1995 to recognize
artists whose body of work reflects a lifetime of integrity and
excellence-artists who have made significant contributions to the work of
American Indian art. Lifetime Achievement Award winners read like a "Who's
Who" of American Indian artists. In 2004, SWAIA is pleased to announce the
following winners:

RAMONCITA SANDOVAL (SAN JUAN PUEBLO), EMBROIDERER

Sandoval believes it is important that the art of embroidery is continued
as decorated Pueblo garments have a ceremonial use. Well known for her
embroidered mantas, shirts, kilts, dolls and pottery, Sandoval was schooled
in embroidery by Regina Cata, founding member of the San Juan pottery
revival in the 1930s. Sandoval has shown her work many times and has won
many awards, beginning in 1971 at the Santa Fe Indian Market to 1996, when
she won "Best of Show" at the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show
in New Mexico. Her work appears in the collections of American Can Company
Foundation and the Archbishop Sheehan Collection. Of her life's work,
Sandoval explained, "I was very lucky. I was in about the fifth grade at
the day school at San Juan. Regina Cata revived the embroidery and I
learned from her. If I'm working on a new design, I'm anxious to see how
it's going to come out; I might keep embroidering until eleven at night. I
leave the TV on or I listen to tapes. I don't really watch it; I just
concentrate. If I wander off I might make a mistake. There aren't too many
embroiderers any more ..."

CLARA SHERMAN (NAVAJO), WEAVER

Sherman is a weaver from Toadlena, N.M., and uses her favorite designs in
her weavings: double serrated diamonds, quarter terraced diamond corners,
terraced parallelograms and frets. Using handspun wool, carded gray and
tan, natural white, brown and black, her rugs have been shown at Toadlena
Trading Post, and Relics of the Old West in Santa Fe. In 1999, she won
"Second Place" at O'Odam Tash in Arizona.

DEXTRA QUOTSKUYVA (HOPI), POTTER

Quotskuyva is from the Hopi Tewa Corn Clan and lives in Polacca, Ariz where
she was born and raised. She attended Polacca Day School, Phoenix Indian
School and Oraibi High School A third generation descendant of Nampeyo, the
Tewa potter who revived the Sityatki-style pottery on First Mesa at Hopi,
she is the mother of Hisi (Camille) Nampeyo and Dan Namingha. Guided and
encouraged by her mother at an early age, Quotskuyva began making pottery
in 1967, following Nampeyo's rich heritage while expanding this artistic
tradition. Her first award was "First Place" at the American Indian and
Western Relic Show in Los Angeles, Calif. Her work is in many collections,
including the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Ariz., the Heard
Museum in Phoenix and others. In 1995, Quotskuyva was honored as an
"Arizona Living Treasure." Quotskuyva said "Once clay gets hold of you, you
drop everything. The clay has a lot of energy ... the clay wants you home.
It's got that energy to pull you back ... the clay wants to work along with
you, and let you make this beautiful pot. These are things you feel, but I
never really felt I was an artist."

IGNACIA DURAN (TESUQUE PUEBLO), POTTER

Duran's life work has also been pottery, in particular, becoming well known
for her fine pottery figures such as turtles, bears, burros, and larger
figures like storytellers (including a mother coyote and pups). She is
skilled at all forms of Tesuque pottery. Her early introduction to pottery
began around 1928 when she accompanied her mother to the now-famous Palace
of the Governor's portal at the Santa Fe Plaza. Schooled at St. Catherine's
Indian School in Santa Fe, she began making her own pottery at the age of
five or six. Duran was raised by her aunt Romancita Roybal Romero who
encouraged her pottery development. She began showing her pottery as early
as 1946, at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and as late as 1999 at the Eight
Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show. Duran's pottery is in collections at
the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio and listed in many publications, including
the Eight Northern Pueblos Official Visitors Guide (1992, 1996).

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts in a non-profit organization
that been producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market for over 80
years. For more information visit SWAIA's Web site at www.swaia.org.

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