Teri Greeves (Kiowa)

About the Artist

Teri was raised on the Wind River Reservation where her Kiowa mother ran a trading post. Exposed to a wide range of beadwork, Teri took up the art at the age of eight and is primarily self-taught. She strives to simultaneously portray Kiowa realities and oral history with her contemporary experiences, continuing the tradition of female Kiowa beadworkers who have always expressed themselves and their experiences as Kiowa women of their day. Her work ranges from jewelry to beaded objects to large canvases where she creates "paintings" depicted in beads. She has become internationally-known for her innovative and dazzling work, often reflecting her wry sense of humor, and received the Best of Show award at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999.

Video Interview with Teri Greeves

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Dan Namingha Indian Arts Festival 2016 The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) invites you to help us honor Dan Namingha’s achievements and explore the exhibition Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha.

Every year at Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honors an artist as a MIAC Living Treasure. And, this year the MIAC Living Treasure honor goes to Dan Namingha (Tewa/Hopi).

Museum director Della Warrior said, “Dan Namingha is part of a distinguished family of artists. He’s the great-great-grandson of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) and his sons Arlo and Michael are artists as well. Dan is a highly regarded artist for works that respectfully interpret Native culture and demonstrate his concern for Mother Earth. And, it is with great pleasure that MIAC presents this exhibition of his work, Landscape of an Artist, in conjunction with Dan being honored as this year’s Living Treasure.”

Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha is on display through September 11, 2016 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill.

Mother Earth Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

Every year, we choose a theme for artists to create a collective vision for the Native Treasures event. This year, we chose “Mother Earth” for the theme of this year’s festival. The earth is often times depicted as a turtle in Native American mythology and art. The turtle signifies water, good health and long life, among other things.

“In the Hopi creation myth, and most Native American creation myths, we are allowed to be here on this earth but only provided we care for it and treat it with respect,” 2016 Featured Artist Dan Namingha said of the state of land and water and our planet, adding that we have a critical role of stewardship of our the earth.

Dan feels that change and evolution are a continuum, and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of cultural and technology diversity. He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and create the balance so necessary to the communal spirit of the universe.

Every year, Native Treasures designates an artist as the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure.  This year, we are pleased to designate prolific Hopi/Tewa artist Dan Namingha as the 2016 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure and the Featured Artist for the 2016 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival.Dan Namingha Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

The MIAC Living Treasure award is given in recognition of artistic excellence and community service.  The award recognizes their bodies of work to date and their exciting futures.

Dan has created a significant and widely collected body of work created during a career spanning more than 40 years. His work is in the collections of numerous museums including: the British Royal Collection, London; the Denver Art Museum; The Heard Museum; the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts; and numerous United States Embassies including those in Copenhagen, Denmark, Geneva, Switzerland, and Dakar, Senegal, to name a few. Read more about Dan’s work & find out how to meet him at this year’s event.