The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center created the Artists Circle Gallery as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration in 2016. Through this program we seek to collaborate with contemporary Pueblo artists who draw on the past to influence our culture’s evolution and guide us into the future. In the years ahead, this space will feature rotating shows while providing art collectors a new avenue to support the growth and care of our special object collection, which contains nearly 4,000 items of historical and cultural significance to our 19 Pueblo communities.
Application for 2019 Artists Now Open!
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is seeking Pueblo artisans to exhibit in our “Artists Circle Gallery” for the year 2019. Three artists will be selected to have an exhibition of 10-30 pieces for a 12-week period to both show and sell their artwork. If desired, artists may apply together for a collaborative show featuring collaborative works.
Current & Upcoming Artists
The Stories of Eden presents the world and memories of Melissa Eden Pochoema. Each piece tells a unique story. These stories range from the personal to traditional. They are reminders of Melissa’s home and origins in Hopi. This is her way of sharing pieces of herself and her culture with you.
Melissa Pochoema is Hopi from the village of Shungopavi, Second Mesa, Arizona. She is a self-taught artist, currently attending Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her works are abstract paintings featuring Hopi and contemporary elements as a means to express herself. She also hand-paints some of her designs on silk scarves, creating wearable works of art.
Soon to be in her 30s, Melissa discovered at a young age that she had artistic leanings. She was inspired by her father, an artist and master kachina carver, growing up at his side while he carved and painted. Shumakolowa.com >
April 20 ‐ July 16, 2018
Levon Loncassion grew up on the Zuni Pueblo reservation, enjoying the adventure that came with the Southwest landscape. He knew from a young age that art was an integral part of him, and a way to satisfy the need to understand his culture, past, present, and future.
Loncassion, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2005, is an award-winning artist from Zuni Pueblo, with works at Mesa Verde National Park’s visitor center and the Heard Museum. A former wildland firefighter, his art is heavily influenced by nature, along with Zuni culture, and artists from Pueblos to Picasso.
“Having grown up on the Zuni reservation, I am marked by a strong sense of place. At times, I combine a personal, visual interpretation of Zuni archetypes juxtaposed with a variety of western iconography to create an anomalous narrative that mirrors my contemporary reality.”
Explore Prints and Shirts featuring Levon's art work at Shumakolowa.com >
January 19 ‐ April 8, 2018
A member of the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico, Jonathan Juanico is a self-taught, emerging artist who draws inspiration from the enduring culture and artistry of his ancestral and contemporary tribal community. His graphic designs transform Acoma symbols, stories and aspects of the natural environment into cutting-edge and distinctive imagery that commemorates the rich fabric of Acoma culture and arts. Connected to a landscape full of stories from centuries passed, Jonathan, through his photography, captures a time, a place, a living being that becomes part of the living history of his tribe, and of his own evolution as an artist.
July 21 ‐ October 30, 2017
Felix Vigil is a classically trained fine artist whose contemporary vision is influenced and guided by the spirits of this Jicarilla Apache and Hemis/Jemez Pueblo ancestors. His body of work includes painting, sculpture, film animation, architecture, and literature. “Ideas for my work come out of the ceremonies, songs, and stories of my people. It is inspired by ideas that are very old, but those concepts are still very relevant today. "I consider my work contemporary meditations on ancient themes that depict traditional symbols in their essential forms and bring them to life with saturated colors and stylized representations of animals and geographic features of the land. Each piece that I create evolves incrementally, according to its own life cycle.”
February 25 ‐ June 30, 2017
Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo) was selected as the Artist Circle Galley’s inaugural artist for her for vivid paintings, which depict the landscapes, wildlife, architecture, and particularly the people of her home Pueblo. Allison is an award-winning artist whose work has been displayed in over a dozen group and solo exhibitions since she graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2000. As the 2010 recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Woman’s Fellowship, she had the opportunity to examine ancient pottery firsthand at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe.
“As a visual artist it is important to paint my surroundings,” says Allison. “The more I can embrace what the elders of the past found inspiring, the more I can understand about myself and my place as an artist. This show is all new work, and focuses on pottery designs and the precision of brushstrokes.”
August 3 ‐ October 21, 2018
Michelle Lowden is the proud founder and owner of Milo Creations, which specializes in hand-painted Pueblo jewelry. Michelle is the youngest of two, born to Roberta Charlie and Aaron Lowden Sr., both from the Pueblo of Acoma. She currently operates and resides on the Pueblo of Acoma reservation in New Mexico.
Michelle has been creating jewelry for nearly eight years, and her inspiration to reconnect with traditional designs through a contemporary medium began with studying her culture’s history of illustrious potters.
She has had the opportunity to showcase her art from coast to coast – first participating in the annual NMAI art market to collaborating in the “Inspired Natives Project” alongside artist Louie Gong of 8th Generation.
In the past year, the opportunity presented itself for Michelle to not only carry on her culture through art, but also by connecting with her community as a Cultural Liaison for Acoma Behavioral Health Services. She hopes to build a stronger community and uplift the youth by creating opportunities for healing through cultural resilience and food sovereignty.
Michelle’s goal for this exhibition is to pay tribute to nature’s geometry, her cycle, water’s nourishment, and blending symbols that deepen the relationship between man and nature. To reflect nature’s soul and give her the respect she deserves.