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Friends: Artists Spotlight (2:30PM)

10/14/2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Featuring upcoming Native Artists
Artist Panel:

  • AJ Nequatewa (Hopi/Navajo), Varied Media
  • Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose (Diné, Southern Ute), Digital Fabrication, Graphic Design
  • Elias Jade Not Afraid (Crow Nation), Bead Artist
  • Tol-pi-yine Simbola (Picuris), Jeweler


DOORS OPEN 2:00 PM   |  DISCUSSION START 2:30 PM |   Free for Friends Members  •  Non-members/Public $10


AJ Nequatewa is a contemporary Indigenous artist whose work explores the relationship between modern native/Indigenous culture and a respect for Indigenous traditions. The pieces she makes are the beautiful result of a hope to make authentic native/Indigenous art visible and innovative in a world filled with Native stereotypes and cultural appropriation. Having learned traditional art and contemporary art forms from her family’s respected line of great artists, she continues to use traditional processes and modern techniques with highly valued Indigenous materials (such as: dentalium, parfleche, freshwater pearls, abalone shells, mother of pearl, coral, etc.,) to create thoughtful, and unique pieces for her clients.


Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose, a contemporary artist and graphic designer, is known for producing innovative pieces that explore and push forward the limits of computer-generated design. He says his culture, identity, and values are intertwined into the fabrication of his art to “begin the conversation of opening doors for the next generation of Indigenous artists. I am simultaneously looking back to the past and forward to the future in order to highlight the qualitative aspect of my heritage and weave those meanings into my designs. Though static, my pieces become fluid, able to transcend the bounds of time and place. My art supports the thesis that expression cannot be limited to the definition of what one may call ‘traditional process,’ but to push forward toward what the future holds for the Indigenous art-based community.”


Elias Jade Not Afraid is a beadwork artist whose work has won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market and is included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian. In his first year at Indian Market, he earned 2nd place and honorable mention for beaded jewelry and accessories; and earlier this year, he took 1st place and Judge’s Choice awards for his beadwork entries at the Heard show. He and was commissioned for a medallion for native actor Adam Beach. And in the spring of 2018, did a collaboration with Crate & Barrel under the B.yellowtail Collective for their 2018 spring collection by designing two area rugs using my beadwork as the design for the rug. Following that, he was published in the Native American Art Magazine in the Beadwork issue, and in Vogue magazine as one of “eight Indigenous beaders who are modernizing their craft.”


Tol-pi-yine Simbola was born in Santa Fe, NM. He is from Picuris Pueblo; about an hour and a half south of Taos. Simbola has always enjoyed working with his hands and has worked on jewelry on and off since he was 12 years-old. Currently living in Albuquerque, he fabricates everything in his small studio. Simbola saws, cuts, stamps, shapes, and finish all his work by hand. Basically A-Z with no fancy machines.  He prefers this,  as it brings him closer to his work.




2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Wheelwright Library
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, 87505
(505) 982-4636


Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
(505) 982-4636