Main Gallery:
American Art Form: A Century of Zuni and Navajo Jewelry
New permanent exhibit
Amerind is the proud home of one of the largest and best documented Zuni and Navajo jewelry collections in the world. A recent donation from one remarkable family, the collection includes thousands upon thousands of jewelry pieces made by artisans and masters from the late 19th through 20th century. This exhibit debuts a small fraction of this amazing collection for the public to see. Collected over three generations, the donating family had a personal relationship with many of these artisans. The jewelers represented in this collection pioneered a uniquely American art form that thrust Indigenous design and vision onto a global stage.

Ethnology Room:

Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games from Ancient Times to Today (with advisors Dr. Will Russell (Comanche/Southern Cherokee), Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), and Ms. Angelina Saraficio (Tohono O’odham)

Archaeology Room:
Without Borders: The Deep History of Paquimé
New permanent exhibit
Sixty years ago this year, Amerind excavated one of the most amazing archaeological sites in our region: Paquimé in Chihuahua, Mexico. With a team of top archaeological scholars, this new permanent exhibit lets you explore the arts, history, and architecture of this important ancient community that flourished over seven centuries ago. From Amerind’s foundational research to the latest discoveries—the story of this community and its ingenious people will ignite your imagination.

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery was built in the mid-1950s to house the Fulton family’s art collection. Amerind’s founders Rose Hayden Fulton and William Shirley Fulton played an important part in collecting the fine art in Amerind’s permanent collection. Today the gallery features exhibits by contemporary indigenous artists and other contemporary artists of the American West, in addition to displaying works from the permanent collection. The current exhibitions are listed below:


Water Protectors: The Standing Rock Camps through the Lens of Gabriel Ayala (Yoeme)
Current–Summer 2019

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

When Gabriel Ayala heard about the events taking place near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Ayala decided to stand with the Water Protectors, a group of predominately Indigenous community members who opposed the construction of a petroleum pipeline. Ayala was forever changed by his time at the Standing Rock Camps. His 2016 photographs document his experiences at the camps.

Gabriel Ayala is a very well-known world-class classical guitarist. A member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, Mr. Ayala has traveled the world to perform and teach. His photographic work at Standing Rock has further developed Ayala’s talents as a multimedia artist.

Personal Birth Process
by Jeffers Choyguha (Tohono O’odham)
Current–August 16, 2019
Jeffers Choyguha has been working on the abstract paintings exhibited in “Personal Birth Process” for two years. Her inspiration comes from her pregnancy and her son’s earliest years. She describes those experiences as “mesmerizing, beautiful, terrifying.” The artworks are about emotions, feelings, and moments—not figures. Choyguha explains that “Some of the paintings are prayers. Some are fears.”

Jeffers Choyguha (Tohono O’odham) is an artist, a teacher, and a mother. She grew up in the Tohono O’odham community of Covered Wells. From a young age, Choyguha was a sketcher. “Art is all around us. I find inspiration in things I see and experience.”


Border Cowboys and Border Cowgirls
Professor Jackson Boelts and Professor Joseph Labate (UA College of Fine Arts)
Current–February 28, 2019
Professor Jackson Boelts and Professor Joseph Labate are collaborating on the project Border Cowboys and Border Cowgirls: Que es lo Mismo, Pero no Es. Their project has involved visiting the men and women who work on the ranches of southern Arizona, collecting their stories, and capturing their lives in art. Professor Boelts created a series of large abstract watercolor paintings while Professor Labate photographed the people and region. Their project has been made possible by a grant from Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

Professor Jackson Boelts earned his BFA at Colorado State University and his MFA at the University of Arizona. Artist, designer, educator, and facilitator, Jackson Boelts has won over 400 awards for painting, design and advertising. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Arizona, has taught watercolor and drawing in Orvieto, Italy, and was a Visiting Artist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Professor Joseph Labate served as the Chair of Photography in the School of Art for nineteen years. Labate’s artwork and teaching focus on the use of digital technology as applied to the medium of photography. His research investigates the impact of technology on the medium of photography. He has exhibited and taught photography nationally and internationally. His work is in many private and public collections including the Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, the Center for Creative Photography, and Tucson Museum of Art.

Waters of the West, a joint exhibit of Friends of Western Art and Amerind
A multi-artist show featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists
October 6, 2018–May 25, 2019

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

Water is life in the American West for all people and across all ages. Not surprisingly water is a subject of great fascination to the artists who call the American West their home. This exhibit, created in partnership with Friends of Western Art, displays artworks from private collections and from Amerind’s permanent collection centered on the theme of water. From raging arroyos to life giving springs, water is as much a necessity as it is an artistic inspiration.

The Art of Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo (Hopi)
January 15, 2019–December 29, 2020

Ms. Rachel Sahmie has been creating pottery ever since childhood. She learned from the master potters of her family, including her mother and grandmother who are all descended from Annie Nampeyo. Sahmie learned quilting from her sister Bonnie and quickly fell in love with the art form. The distinctive designs and artistic style of the Nampeyo family comes to life in pots and quilts created by Rachel Sahmie.

In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...
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Upcoming Exhibits:

A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution
Join us for the Opening Day Celebration, March 9, 2019, at 11:00 am
March 9–April 21, 2019

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, its effect on the landscape, settlement, and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at political and economic efforts to ensure access to water, and explores how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with the natural environment. This is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that will tour 12 Arizona towns. The Smithsonian has partnered with Arizona Humanities, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and Arizona State University to bring the exhibit to Arizona. More information at


Indigenous Water/Ways
February 26, 2019–June 14, 2020

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

Indigenous communities of the southwestern US and northern Mexico revere water in all its forms. With incredible feats of engineering and an eye to sustainability, Indigenous farmers and ranchers have carefully cultivated water resources to nourish their crops, livestock, and people. This exhibit explores the intersection of water with Indigenous life in deep history and recent times. Arts and crafts that celebrate water in all its forms and depict the harbingers of our rainy season accompany the exhibition.


Water is Life
March 9, 2019–February 28, 2020

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

In this invited show, Indigenous artists exhibit works related to water. Water is indispensable to the body as it is to the spirit. Rain, snow, and clouds are depicted in art created centuries ago and are still the subject of artworks today. Ancient songs, still sung today in Indigenous communities, celebrate the ocean, rain, and tumbling waters that race across arroyos and riverbeds. Come see what water inspires.


The Art of Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi)
May 14, 2019–April 11, 2020

Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva is a member of the Bear Strap Clan from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi in Northern Arizona. He currently resides in Rimrock, AZ where he maintains a studio. His remarkable style has been nationally recognized in various media including public television, newspaper articles and books including Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka, Katsina by Zena Pearlstone, and Ancestral Echoes, a 10-year retrospective. Quotskuyva has garnered numerous awards for his carvings and paintings.


Capturing Sunlight: Images from the Southwest
by Maria Arvayo (Yoeme)
Exhibit: May 21, 2019–April 26, 2020

In her own words: My work focuses on depicting the Sonoran landscape. I attempt to capture the quality of light, the warmth and the distinct beauty. I work in a wide variety of media, but the majority of my work is in oil, acrylic, pastel, and encaustic. My work is inspired by the natural world. Some pieces, although they may seem abstract, are usually objects that by their own nature are abstract. Through my images I hope to express and share the beauty that I see around us.


Desert Flowers: The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer
June 8, 2019–September 15, 2019

In addition to pursing an active career in teaching and research, Dr. John P. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as a skilled photographer. He is founder of the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, the archive center of Ansel Adams’ photography, and the author of three best-selling books on photographic techniques. His photographs have appeared in Arizona Highways magazine and in recent years he has concentrated on photographing cacti and succulent plants and flowers, which are the focus of this exhibition.

Dr. Schaefer received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York, his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow from the California Institute of Technology. He served on the University of Arizona faculty for 21 years, held titles of head of the Department of Chemistry, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and served as the President of the university from 1971-1982.

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