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 best of new artworks.
Paintings, katsina dolls, ceramics, basketry and jewelry are all gifts the Heard has recently received. The Heard received a diverse bequest from the estate of longtime supporter and trustee Mareen Nichols, most notably paintings and some ceramics and baskets. The Heard has also added to its growing collection of contemporary katsina carvings through a gift of three impressive figures by Arvin Saufkie from Helen C. Kersting. We will also celebrate the purchases we were able to make through funds donated by the Norman L. Sandfield Charitable Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, Drs. Kathleen L. and William G. Howard, and the Heard Museum Council.
A subset of the exhibit will showcase recent gifts of paintings by three extraordinary women—Santa Clara Pueblo artists Pablita Velarde, her daughter Helen Hardin and her granddaughter Margarete Bagshaw.