An incredible basket in the main gallery!  An Amerind Treasure

Found in 1910 by a 10 year old boy in southeast Arizona, close to the Mexican border, this basket was recently donated to the Amerind by the family of local historian Mary Magoffin (1927-2007). Although we will probably never know for sure, we think this basket was made by a Chiricahua Apache. You will find the basket and the rest of the story in the main downstairs gallery of the Amerind.

We are in the process of making changes to the exhibit "Images in Time and Place" in the main gallery of the Museum. We are putting up maps and photographs to give more context to the cultural areas, and changing some of the material items on display.
Main Gallery:
American Art Form: A Century of Zuni and Navajo Jewelry
Permanent exhibit opening September 18, 2018
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)
Exhibit: 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, the Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits through the 2018-2019 year. 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.

The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer
Exhibit: Current–December 31, 2018
Photographer John Schaefer visited Rarámuri (Tarahumara) communities in Chihuahua in 1978. Dr. Schaefer’s work captured the lives of these Indigenous people and the villages they call home. Some of these same photos were published in Bernard Fontana’s book Tarahumara: Where Night is the Day of the Moon. Schaefer’s intimate photographic portraits are beautiful and irreplaceable historic documents.

Dr. John Schaefer is President Emeritus of the University of Arizona. He served on the University of Arizona faculty for 21 years, held titles of head of the Department of Chemistry and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and served as president of the university from 1971-1982. In addition to his teaching and research career, Dr. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as an acclaimed photographer. He founded the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography.

Personal Birth Process
by Jeffers Choyguha (Tohono O’odham)
Exhibit: 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)
Exhibit: 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, the Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits through the 2018-2019 year. 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.
In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...


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