Award-winning Kiowa artists Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi have been named the Living Treasures for the 2015 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival (May 23-24, 2015), which benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe. Greeves and Ataumbi’s selection marks the second year in a row that the MIAC has chosen double honorees with a family connection. Last year, the museum chose Joe Cajero, a sculptor, and Althea Cajero, a jewelry maker, as Living Treasures; the Cajeros are a married couple, while Greeves and Ataumbi are sisters.
Jewelry maker Ataumbi was given a special award at the most recent Santa Fe Indian Market for her collaboration with Jamie Okuma. Greeves, famous for her beadwork, is a past Best of Show winner at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and is currently included in State of the Art ar the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The following is the news release from MIAC:
The MIAC Living Treasures for 2015 are sisters and Kiowa artists Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi! Both women are accomplished and their work is widely collected. This award acknowledges both the body of work by an artist and the participation of the artist in the community at large.
“Keri and Teri’s museum-quality work, although different in medium and form, represents some of the essential values of the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, including the story-telling that is an intrinsic quality of their work,” said Della Warrior, director of MIAC. ”As artists whose work is different and distinctive, we celebrate their Kiowa heritage and their individual voices through the narratives they are creating.”
Keri Ataumbi describes her work as wearable art, describing it as an exploration of the relationship between jewelry’s capacity as both adornment and sculpture. Greeves is known internationally for her beadwork. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has the work of both women in its collections.