Prairie Dog Glass and Native American Glass Artists

A recent article by Cathy Short (Citizen Potawatomi) featured Native glass artists who are active at Prairie Dog Glass in the Jackalope complex. The artists whose work is detailed include Robert “Spooner” Marcus, Ira Lujan, Tony Jojola, Adrian Wall, Ramson Lomatewama, and Carol Lujan.

The article provides a great summary of Native American glass artist activity, past and future. Many of the artists whose work is discussed will be part of the May “Clearly Indigenous” show at the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts (MIAC).

Read the full article here. This article is reprinted with permission of America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), Publishing Editor of First American Art Magazine. Copyright (2020-21) by First American Art Magazine, LLC.

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Prairie Dog Glass co-owner Patrick Morrissey (center, rear) and Ramson Lomatewama (Hopi), Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), Robert "Spooner" Marcus (Ohkay Owingeh), Ira Lujan (Taos/Ohkay Owingeh), Carol Lujan (Diné), Photo: Cathy Short (Citizen Potawatomi).

GANM Treasurer Tom Murdock Passes

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on July 27 of GANM treasurer and guiding light Tom Murdock. He was injured in a fall at his home on July 5. Our condolences, love and prayers to his wife, Margo, his brother Dick and extended family, his many friends, and his business associates. Tom’s many contributions to the growth and success of GANM will not be forgotten.

Clearly Indigenous Exhibit Opens

“Clearly Indigenous” has opened at MIAC, on Museum Hill, and is getting rave reviews. This is a rare opportunity to see the amazing and creative ways in which Native artist combine traditional imagery with glass as an expressive medium.

The exhibit is curated by Letitia Chambers. In the 16-minute video, which is here, Chambers offers interesting insights about the show, and previews of some of the works you can now see in person.

Watch the video interview to learn more about Letitia Chambers!

James Evanson

GANM member James Evanson was recently named a winner in the annual Bullseye Glass Challenge. This year’s national competition attracted 136 entries. His Cobra Reaction was the creativity winner. This is the second year in a row that Evanson won top honors in one of the four Bullseye Challenge categories.

The Bullseye Challenge theme this year was “Reactions!” and called upon the artists to make innovative use of the chemical and color reactive properties that can arise when combining specific types of Bullseye glass. Evanson’s winning kiln-formed work was meticulously constructed in a workflow that went from hand drawn sketches to computer-generated design, to more than 280 paper templates, to custom slumping forms crafted on the CNC router in his workshop, and finally into the kiln. The entire process took more than a month of intensive work.

Read the full story here .

Glass events to know about

Clearly Indigenous

This remarkable show at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe is now open. It features more than 130 works by 29 Native American glass artists. The show, curated by Letitia Chambers, continues through June 2022.

Voices in Studio Glass History

Voices in Studio Glass History: Art and Craft, Maker and Place, and the Critical Writings and Photography of Paul Hollister is a multimedia, web-based digital exhibition and publication that rethinks and reinterprets the history of postwar American studio glass. It’s definitely worth a visit.

International Year of Glass

It’s official—the United Nations has recently voted to declare 2022 the International Year of Glass. Many special events and exhibits will bring international attention and visibility to glass art, as well as to functional uses of glass.