Six Native artists awarded SWAIA fellowships

Close up of the detail on a beaded bandolier by Roger Amerman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; photo courtesy of the artist/SWAIA).

Close up of the detail on a beaded bandolier by Roger Amerman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; photo courtesy of the artist/SWAIA).

SANTA FE, N.M.-The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the organization that produces the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2007 Fellowship awards. The recipients include: Roger Amerman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) for beadwork/diverse arts, Diane Douglas-Willard (Haida) for weaving (basketry), Ira Lujan (Taos Pueblo) for glass sculpture, Beverly Rose Moran/Bear King (Standing Rock Sioux) for beadwork/diverse arts, Rainy Naha (Hopi) for pottery and Penny Singer (Diné) for diverse arts (clothing design).

Established in 1980 to provide financial support to exceptionally talented Native artists from across the nation, the Fellowship program provides a substantial cash award, exhibit space at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and increased national exposure for the deserving recipients. George Toya, SWAIA Board Member and Fellowship Committee Chair said, "This year we received more applications than ever before, making the selection process even more difficult. However, we are really pleased with the breadth of the final recipient's talents, tribal backgrounds and plans for using their fellowship monies."

SWAIA's Honoring Reception to formally recognize these award recipients will be held at 6 p.m. on June 7 at the La Fonda Hotel in downtown Santa Fe. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will benefit SWAIA, a non-profit organization, and its programs for Native artists. To request information on the award recipients (including images of artwork), please call 505-983-5220 ext. 226 or email sgolar@swaia.org. To reserve space to attend the event, please call the SWAIA Development Department at 505-983-5220 before June 1. For more information about SWAIA or the Santa Fe Indian Market, please visit www.swaia.org.

SWAIA's mission is to be an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest), and create economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world, cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms, and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.

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