Works in Arizona Museums Permanent collections
I received the great news that The Heard Museum and The Tucson Museum will be having a piece in their permanent collections. In 2009, The Phoenix Art Museum received one of my paintings as a gift from a private collection. I want to share the news with those that have been following my work, collecting my work and supporting in my career. I truly appreciate the support I’ve been given here in Arizona as an artist. Thank you!
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The Heard Museum Permanent Collection
The Heard Museum has been an important part of life in many ways. I worked as an independent contractor installing exhibitions, I learn conservation skills working in the curatorial departments and learned my best woodworking skills working at The Heard. During my days working there I met people that changed my life in better ways. Joe Baker, the former curator of Contemporary Art at The Heard Museum and Gerald McMaster Curator of Canadian Art at The Art Gallery of Ontario. They included three of my paintings to be part of the traveling show titled Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World. Remix was my first museum shows and a very important part in my art career. The show traveled from The Heard Museum in Phoenix Arizona to the Smithsonian in New York and ended up in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
“These artists mix high and low, popular and fine, historic and the 21st-century, communal and universal,” said John Haworth (Cherokee), director of the George Gustav Heye Center. “All of them remind us to pay closer attention to the complicated history and culture of the contemporary United States—as well as Canada and Mexico.”
The Tucson Museum of Art Permanent Collection
In 2011 The Collections Committee accepted my painting it’s what you do with time that heals 2010 to the museum permanent collection.
The painting received the Erni Cabat Award at the Arizona Biennial ‘11. This year’s juror for the Arizona Biennial was Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at UCLA’s Hammer Museum.
The museum has been very supportive of my work over the years and it’s an honor for me to be part of the permanent contemporary art collection.
In 2007 guest curator Ms. Dianne Vanderlip curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art selected my work to the Biennial.
In 2009 guest curator Tim Rodgers former curator of The New Mexico Museum of Art and currently the director at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts Selected my work for the Biennial.
Through acquisition endowments and the fund raising efforts of the Contemporary Art Society, the contemporary collection has expanded in scope to encompass art by internationally renowned artists including John Chamberlain, William T. Wiley, Jasper Johns, Olivier Mosset, Jane Hammond, Chuck Close, and Vernon Fisher.
Phoenix Art Museum Permanent Collection
In 2009 Lenghten Floral Rectangle, 2007 was accepted in the permanent collection at the museum as a gift from the Bradley private collection. The campaign 50/50: Fifty Gifts Celebrating the Fifty Years had as a goal to acquire 50 gifts of art or collections of art in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2009 I was part of a show at the Phoenix Art Museum titled “Locals Only”. Sara Cochran who is the museum curator of contemporary art featured 12 Chicano and Latino artists based in the metropolitan-Phoenix area whose contemporary works explore issues of identity, the tension between high and low culture and the shifts between representational and conceptual art practices.
Locals Only was organized against the backdrop of the museum’s showing of the internationally traveling exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement. Organized by the LACMA, Phantom Sightings is the first comprehensive consideration of Chicano art in almost two decades.