Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision Opens May 5, 2017 in Governor’s Gallery

- April 24, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017 (Santa Fe, NM)—The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s (MIAC) Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision exhibition opens in the New Mexico Governor’s Gallery on May 5, 2017. Each year since 2006, MIAC honors an innovative Native American artist for the annual Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival. Artists, communities, and museum patrons come together to recognize a living artist who has contributed to their community and shown excellence in their artistic practice.  

MIAC names the Living Treasure each year in advance of the Native Treasures Festival, Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale. More than 200 Native American artists participate at the invitation of MIAC, to represent the best of the Native American art world. Many exhibiting Native Treasures artists have pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection. Participating artists represent a wide range of pueblos and tribe; the art forms exhibited range from traditional to contemporary and from emerging artists to masters in their creative field.

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision exhibition will be on display in the Governor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol. Two receptions are planned and all are welcome. The opening reception is scheduled for May 5, 2017, from3pm to 5pm, and a reception during Indian Market week is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 3pm to 5pm.

The exhibition features MIAC’s fourteen Living Treasures: Robert Tenorio (2006), Mike Bird-Romero (2007), Connie Tsosie Gaussoin (2008), Upton Ethelbah, Jr. (2009), Lonnie Vigil (2010), Roxanne Swentzell (2011), Tony Abeyta (2012), Tammy Garcia (2013), Joe & Althea Cajero (2014) Keri Atuambi & Teri Greeves (2015), Dan Namingha (2016), and Jody Naranjo (2017). The exhibition Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision honors remarkable individuals who have achieved artistic excellence in their works of painting, sculpture, beadwork, pottery and jewelry.


1. Althea Cajero (Santo Domingo and Acoma Pueblo)
Bracelet, c. 2014
Silver, gold, turquoise and coral
Living Treasure 2014

2. Mike-Bird Romero (San Juan Pueblo)
Bracelet, circa 2000
Silver and spiny oyster shell
Living Treasure 2007

3. Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Rainbow Dancers, c.1999


Living Treasure 2013

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About the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

As the 19th century closed, one of the Southwest's major "attractions" was its vibrant Native American cultures. In response to unsystematic collecting by Eastern museums, anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett founded the Museum of New Mexico in 1909 with a mission to collect and preserve Southwest Native American material culture. Several years later, in 1927, John D. Rockefeller founded the renowned Laboratory of Anthropology with a mission to study the Southwest's indigenous cultures. In 1947 the two institutions merged, bringing together the most inclusive and systematically acquired collection of New Mexican and Southwestern anthropological artifacts in the country.