Takes Home Top Prize at Prestigious Juried Competition
A contemporary sculpture, "A River's Spirit and Offering"
by distinguished sculptor Marvin Oliver won the crowning artistic
achievement of "Best in Show" at the 55th annual Heard Museum Guild
Indian Fair & Market on Friday, March 1.
The work by Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo) is "formulated by
merging the spirit of past traditions with those of the present,
to create new horizons for the future," according to his website,
During his 40-year career, Oliver has experimented with cedar,
bronze, steel and glass to create masks, helmets, wood panels, totem
poles, blown glass bowls, bronze ravens and sculpted whale fins
that mix ancient and contemporary styles. His art is inspired by
the imagery of the southern Coast Salish, and incorporates northern
formline designs into his work as a tribute to his Northwest Coast
heritage, according to a description on the website quintanagalleries.com.
His work "Mystical Journey" is prominently featured at the Seattle
Children's Hospital, and he has had many other public art pieces
displayed across the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy, according
to the artist's website.
Oliver currently serves as the department director of American
Indian Studies at the University of Washington, where he also teaches
two-dimensional design, woodcarving and art history. He also holds
the title of curator of contemporary Native American art at the
Burke Museum in Seattle.
"Best of Class" award recipients are listed below. A full list
of winners and this year's judges is at: http://heard.org/fair/2013fair.winners.html
I Jewelry and Lapidary Benson Manygoats (Navajo/Diné),
II Pottery Jennifer Moquino and Russell Sanchez
(San Ildefonso Pueblo / Santa Clara Pueblo), Lidded Pot
III Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography
Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), "Profile Portraits"
IV Wooden Carvings Curtis Naseyowma (Hopi/Taos),
"Vision of Mongwi"
V Sculpture Marvin Oliver (Quinault), "A River's
Spirit and Offering"
VI Textiles, Weavings, Clothing Jason Harvey (Navajo),
VII Diverse Art Forms Leith Mahkewa (Oneida),
"Raotonnets - His Spirit"
VIII Baskets Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee),
"Separating the Chaff"
Conrad House Award Susan L. Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo),
The 55th Annual Guild Indian Fair & Market took place on
Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 2013.