Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established mentor artist and one emerging artist (age 16 to 20). Each partnership will involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of pieces, depending on the medium. The exhibit will include diverse mediums: textile/fiber arts, film, metalsmithing, painting and fashion design. The works will be created and completed at the museum over a three-month period. The format for the exhibit will involve process time done in both the artists’ studios and at the museum and will end with an exhibit of the collaborative pieces. The full exhibit will also include individual works created by each artist. Each mentor artist lives a career that not only cultivates pride in culture and identity, but also includes a rich connection to giving back to their communities. Their work involves establishing connectedness with American Indian people through art, activism, and wellness and cultural-arts programs. Through working with American Indian people in various ways, they perform a relevant and necessary role that contributes to the longevity of Native people and their culture. Confluence is the merging of many artistic voices, exploring what it means to be young leaders and culture bearers in Indian Country today. At the present time, as Indian Country is changing and more tribal communities are experiencing a flux in their demographics—with percentages of people under 30 years old at an all-time high—the need for exchange between generations is critical. The collective understanding of “what is an elder” is another changing perspective. Generations are prioritizing the necessity to convene and collaborate with many age groups, to benefit cultural gain and to address issues facing their communities and people using fresh and relevant practices. Participating “mentor” artists include Michael Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), Anthony “Thosh” Collins (Onk Akimel O’otham/Osage/Seneca/Cayuga), Dwayne Manuel (Onk Akimel O’otham), Darylene Martin (Navajo), Warren Montoya (Santa Ana/Santa Clara Pueblo) and Klee Benally (Navajo).


Gifted! Recent Additions to the Heard Collection

The Heard Museum’s permanent collection is at the heart of its exhibits and programs. Gifted celebrates the gifted people who made the art, and the gifted collectors with an eye for art who generously gave their art to the museum. In addition, some donors have provided purchase funds, recognizing the museum’s need to buy the ...

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. The descendants of Sam and ...

Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established mentor artist and one emerging artist (age 16 to 20). Each partnership will involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of pieces, depending on the medium. The exhibit ...

Every Picture Tells a Story

Explore seven regions and see how American Indian artists reflect their environments in their artwork in this interactive gallery perfect for families. Spot the different wildlife and vegetation illustrated in the artwork, then try your hand at making a hummingbird, bandolier bag, Northwest Coast button blanket, bow guard or Inuit felt design. It's fun for everyone!

Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection

What would Frida Kahlo wear? What kinds of folk art would she surround herself with? To answer those questions, the Heard went to the Phoenix Fridas. This collective of nine artists founded a decade ago draw inspiration by Frida Kahlo’s life, work and attitude toward life. The Fridas worked with the Heard to select items from the ...

We Are! Arizona’s First People

Located in the Ullman Learning Center, this exhibit is the only gallery display in the state to include all 22 of Arizona’s federally recognized tribal communities. In their own voices, Arizona’s Native cultures explain their histories, cultures and futures. Children and kids-at-heart will love the interactive and hands-on take-home activities.

Frida Kahlo—Her Photos

A selection of 240 photos from the Blue House archive in Mexico City will be exhibited at the Heard Museum, curated by acknowledged Mexican photographer and photo historian, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Frida Kahlo’s photographs served as work tools, as memories and a means to exorcise solitude. Kahlo’s biography and exhibit shows the importance of this medium in her life.

Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

Sports have played a pivotal role in American Indian tribal communities; in fact, many contemporary sports are rooted in traditional tribal sporting games. Lacrosse and surfing have long been attributed to indigenous peoples, while other games such as cross-country running, racquetball, cross-country skiing and canoeing, although not exclusive to the Americas, evolved independently. Native athletes ...

Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay

Few know that, in addition to being one of Native America’s most beloved and acclaimed jewelers, Charles Loloma (Hopi) also created beautiful pen and ink drawings of landscapes, textiles and corn, among other inspirations. The exhibit will offer fresh insights into the talents of this leading Native artist. Loloma’s drawings echo his design esthetic for ...

Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century

In this exhibit, the people of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico tell their own story — their history and the lasting effects of 19th century changes on their lives today. Using many historic photographs and a variety of media, the story unfolds in three parts: First, the people describe the cycle of the traditional year as ...


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.