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Pablita Velarde’s Studio

One of the leading painters of the 20th century, Pablita Velarde/Tse Tsan "Golden Dawn" (Santa Clara Pueblo) (1918-2006) was a pioneer as a woman artist in an era and a community where painting was a male art form. Her painting began in a traditional manner but evolved through many original styles and media. She engaged in the experimentation that the best artists practice, in media or style. She cared deeply about depicting traditional lifeways that she feared would be lost and using her art to tell the stories of those lifeways. Over the decades she was an effective spokesperson discussing her art and the larger issues of the Native art world. This exhibit contains an accurate recreation with original objects of Pablita's working studio, giving insight to the public of this extraordinary artist's process.


Changing Exhibits

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

On display through January 8, 2017

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist surveys the career of one of today’s most accomplished American Indian artists. Over the course of more than four decades, WalkingStick has avidly explored her own hybrid cultural identity, engaging Native ...

It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio

On display through March 19, 2017

Now that you have explored and learned about the Native people in the Southwest in the HOME exhibit, take some time to expand on your learning with these fun hands-on activities, which will help to deepen your understanding of what you saw. We also invite you to revisit the HOME exhibit after you complete your ...

Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest

On display through December 31, 2017

Deepen your knowledge of the Grand Canyon by making this exhibit your first stop on the way! The Santa Fe Railway and its concessionaire, the Fred Harvey Company, were masters at creating a vision of the Southwest. Jointly, their ephemeral publications promoting the merits of the “Indian Southwest” number in the tens of thousands. Their ...


Signature Exhibits

HOME: Native People in the Southwest

Learn about the Native peoples of the Southwest and hear them tell their stories in their own words. In addition to cultural objects, the exhibit showcases the traditions of Native peoples of the past and present and examines their definition of home. Don't miss the Navajo hogan, the Pueblo horno or the 400 katsina dolls on display!


Ongoing Exhibits

The Third Dimension: Sculptural Stories in Stone and Bronze

Some of the most exciting and moving American Indian fine art of the 20th and 21st centuries has been created by sculptors. The Heard Museum is fortunate recently to have been given works by leading American Indian sculptors such as Allan Houser and John Hoover Gifts also include sculpture by the next generation of accomplished ...

Pablita Velarde’s Studio

One of the leading painters of the 20th century, Pablita Velarde/Tse Tsan “Golden Dawn” (Santa Clara Pueblo) (1918-2006) was a pioneer as a woman artist in an era and a community where painting was a male art form. Her painting began in a traditional manner but evolved through many original styles and media. She engaged ...

Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

Few people realize that American Indians were forced by the federal government to attend residential boarding schools located hundreds of miles from home. This powerful exhibit immerses visitors into the story, which draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni.

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection

Tour the global span of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous ...

American Indian Veterans National Memorial

Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries are honored in the first and only known national memorial to American Indian veterans of many conflicts. The Memorial, located outside the Collector’s Room of the Heard Museum Shop, consists of several sizable sculptures by acclaimed Native artists Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994) and Michael Naranjo ...

Museum Collections


Explore the museum’s collections, from how they began to how they’ve grown over eight decades. See collections in the Heard home and early floorplans for the museum.

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Online Collections


Below are examples of objects that are in the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series in the Heard Museum Digital Library.  Learn more about the Digital Library →

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham), polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham) polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

Appraisals


The Heard Museum does not perform appraisals; however, the Heard Museum Council, one of our volunteer organizations, holds a semi-annual Appraisal Day event where people can bring their items to be appraised for a fee. Appraisal days occur in the spring and fall. Please check our calendar of events page for upcoming dates.