Dawavendewa’s work has won several awards in the past three years that have focused on his interest and skill in two-dimensional design. Though his undergraduate degree is in printmaking, he has taken that technique a step further by combining it with bookbinding and folding sculpture.
These very complex and foldable sculpture pieces have won awards from SouthWestern Association for Indian Art’s Indian Market in the past two years in both Best of Category and Best of Two-Dimensional Design. Dawavendewa took home this year’s 2003 Museum of Northern Arizona’s Best of Division in the Contemporary category of the Hopi Show.
His connection to the upcoming show in Tuba City is to fellow artist, Navajo Nation member Rueben Richards who is a painter and someone who has known Richard for a long time. Richards has coordinated this show for the past four years and was anxious to include Hopis in the fourth annual public event. Dawavendewa was at the top of his list because of their long friendship but primarily because of the caliber and recent demand of his work.
Other artists that will show at the Christmas Fine Art Show are: Billy Whitethorne, Ira Custer, Julius Keyonnie, Ed Whitethorne, Liz Whitethorne Beanlly, Bahe Whitethorne Sr., Rueben Richards, Keith Smith, Roy Walters, Dan Yazzie Jr., Eriic Bilagody, Naveek, Irvin Toddy, Robert Shorty, Delmar Polacca, Leroy Begay, Leroy Dejolie, Harold Davidson, Virgil Nez, David K. John, Darryl Begay, Delbert Blackhorse, Ryan Huna Smith, Albert Nells and Henry Yazzie.
Larry Shepard, Richard Delbert Blackhorse, James BIlagody and Coalition will provide the entertainment. Also a Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive will be underway at the show. Toy donations for all age groups are welcome.
Upcoming shows for Dawavendewa include Pueblo Grande’s Museum show Dec 12-14 at downtown Steele Park in Phoenix. After the Tuba City exhibition, Dawavendewa will prepare for next year’s Red Earth Show and MNA’s Hopi Show as well as the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)