Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez

For the first time in his more than 40-year career, Richard Chavez’s jewelry is featured in a retrospective exhibition. Since his early years of jewelry design and execution, Chavez has continued to painstakingly make each item by hand. An artist who enjoys designing, Chavez places an emphasis on stone selection, placement and presentation. Now, some 40 years since he first tried to solder metals, Chavez is one of the Southwest’s leading jewelers, whose works are recognized for complex inlay, architectural sensibilities and striking color patterning. Richard Chavez (San Felipe Pueblo, b. 1949) studied architecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and worked as an architectural draftsman at the firm of Harvey S. Houshour. One of the projects he assisted with was the design of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Chavez taught himself jewelry making through diligence and trial and error. Initially, he cut and shaped shells into heishi*, but he stopped due to the influx of Asian shell beads. He entered his first competition, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Arts and Crafts Show, in 1976. Winning the grand prize for a white mother-of-pearl necklace, ring and bracelet set sparked Chavez’s jewelry-making career.


*Heishe or heishi (pronounced "hee shee") are small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones. They come from the Kewa Pueblo people (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) of New Mexico, before the use of metals in jewelry by that people. –Wikipedia


Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez

February 2, 2018 - August 5, 2018

For the first time in his more than 40-year career, Richard Chavez’s jewelry is featured in a retrospective exhibition. Since his early years of jewelry design and execution, Chavez has continued to painstakingly make each item by hand. An artist who enjoys designing, Chavez places an emphasis on stone selection, placement and presentation. Now, some ...

Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection

October 7, 2017 - April 15, 2018

The paintings by T.C. Cannon that comprise the Bloch Collection represent the finest examples by a multifaceted artist whose voice and talent resonate and inspire nearly forty years after his untimely passing. The major canvases in the Collection speak to multiple themes—his early mastery of color in Man I’d Like to Have that Pinto Pony; ...

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

April 9, 2016 - January 7, 2018

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 ...

Black White Blue Yellow (“BWBY”)

July 29, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Opened: July 29, 2017 Closed: October 15, 2017 Black White Blue Yellow, the immersive four-channel video and sound installation by artist Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna/European) returns to the museum. The exhibition explores the four sacred mountains that surround the Diné/Navajo people: BLACK (North): Dib’e Nitsaa/Hesperus Mountain WHITE (East): Peak/Sisnaajini /Blanca Peak BLUE (South): Tsoodzil Mount Taylor/south YELLOW (West): Dookʼoʼoosłíí/San ...

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

April 11, 2017 - September 4, 2017

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century. Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour. Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques ...

It's Your Turn: Frida and Diego hands on activities for kids in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

It’s Your Turn: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

April 11, 2017 - August 20, 2017

When Frida Kahlo began teaching art in 1943, she quickly attracted a small group of devoted students who were inspired by her personality and unique teaching style. When her physical condition kept her from traveling to the art school to teach, Frida held her classes at her home, La Casa Azul. She also took her ...

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

April 22, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Organized by The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, we are fortunate to offer this retrospective of the work of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016). Featuring 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works and, sculpture, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will explore the artist’s career, from the 1970s ...

Beauty Speaks for Us

February 10, 2017 - March 31, 2017

The Heard Museum’s new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery opens to the public on February 10, 2017. The inaugural exhibition, Beauty Speaks for Us, will be a presentation of more than 200 rarely seen masterworks selected from private Phoenix collections and the Heard’s own collection of more than 40,000 works of art. This will be a ...

It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio

May 21, 2016 - 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 ...

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

October 15, 2016 - 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 ...


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.