ATADA Foundation Update

ATADA Foundation Update - Summer 2017

The ATADA Foundation had its beginnings as a scholarship designed to fund young Native American artists and Native Art History students. Since that time ATADA has expanded those early efforts to include donations to many causes dealing with indigenous interests on a global scale.

In the past year the ATADA Foundation has maintained those original intentions with continued support of the Phillips Scholarship for young artists carried out through the Heard Museum as well as a first time donation to Soul of Nations. A native run organization, Soul of Nations strives to enhance opportunities for indigenous youth.

ATADA’s donation to Soul of Nations went to support their annual Brea Foley Portrait Competition which was held on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Born of a deep appreciation for the longevity of culturally infused artwork, the Brea Foley Portrait Competition is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating cultural art created by Native American youth. Finalists traveled to New York for a reception at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Included in the number of attendees at that event was the current president of ATADA, John Molloy.

Through continued support of these and other projects, the Foundation hopes to promote greater understanding between indigenous peoples and the collectors of the world who admire their artwork.

2017 Brea Foley Portrait Competition Finalists

ATADA Foundation Update - Spring 2017

The ATADA Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Jim and Lauris Phillips Scholarship Awards for 2017. Awarded through the Heard Museum’s Young Artists Program and in conjunction with the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, these three-year scholarships are given to help talented artists continue to pursue their work and find further success in the art world.

Best of Show:
Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography Spenser Stanaland (Navajo) - “Santa Fe Tourist”

Best of Class:

Anne Lalo (Hopi)
Sifting Basket

Tara Lujan-Baker (Taos Pueblo)
“Happy Bear”

Jewelry and Lapidary:
Temuujin Abeyta (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
"Rainbow River”

“Santa Fe Tourist” by Spenser Stanaland (Navajo)
Photo Credit: Craig Smith, Heard Musuem

2016 Phillips Scholarship Award Winners

In conjunction with the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, the first year's awards were given to participants in the Junior Division for Best of Class in the following categories:

Best of Show:
Diverse Art Forms - "Singing in the Rain" by Sage Maybee (Northern Arapahoe/Seneca)

Best of Class:
Jewelry and Lapidary - "Life on the Rez" by Albert Leonard Haskie (Navajo)

Pottery - "Natural Beauty" by Jordyn "Puweh Tsay" Atencio (Ohkay Owingeh)

Paintings/Photography - "Wakas Kashna-cow Kachina" by Suyma Cody Maho (Hopi)

Wood Carvings - "Mother Earth Blessing" by Myleka N. John (Diné)

Sculpture - "Mountain Lion" by Maegan Shetima (Zuni)

Textiles/Weavings - "Rain Sash" by Ian Chopito (Zuni)

Baskets - "Small Barrel Basket" by Emma Soctomah (Passamaquoddy)

"Singing in the Grass" by Sage Maybee, Northern Arapahoe / Seneca
2016 Best of Show Winner - Junior Division, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

Photo Credit: Craig Smith, Heard Museum