Past Exhibits

June 14, 2021 through October 31, 2021

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Hummingbirds and Desert Flowers – Becoming Attractions

John P. Schaefer, PhD became fascinated with birds as a Boy Scout in the late 1940s, when he chose to pursue a merit badge in Bird Study. His experience of identifying studying bird species stayed with him and bird watching became a passion. Photography also played a role in his personal and professional life but, perhaps surprisingly, he never tried to marry the two until recently. Photographing birds is a distinct challenge, requiring time, patience, and special equipment. Living adjacent to Saguaro National Park in an area with a landscape that has been respected by those around him has made Schaefer yard a safe and welcoming environment for wildlife, including visiting and breeding birds. Feeders have attracted Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-billed, and Costa’s Hummingbirds to us on a year-round basis. After a few years of getting acquainted, Schaefer decided to try his hand at photographing these hummingbirds in action.

Dr. John P. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as a skilled photographer, in addition to his teaching and research. 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 publications including, “Arizona Highways.”

October 20, 2020 through May 30, 2021

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

How the West was Built

A joint Friends of Western Art—Amerind Exhibition

From ancient cliff dwellings to Wild West main streets, from ranch houses to churches, from places long abandoned to places thriving today—this exhibit celebrates the diverse architecture of the West. Featuring pieces by over 20 artists, the show includes works from private collections and Amerind. You will see breathtaking artworks that can’t be seen anywhere else. This exhibition is a joint venture between the Amerind Museum and Friends of Western Art, a nonprofit organization whose members support awareness of and promote Western Art.

February 8, 2020 through March 1, 2021

Gabriel Ayala and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Siki Yoka, the art of Gabriel Ayala (Yoeme)

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is a classically trained musician, composer and multi- dimensional artist. In October 2017, Gabriel began creating ledger art—a deeply personal and contemporary way of infusing his cultural traditions of storytelling through visual art. The new expression now numbers more than 150 pieces. Gabriel’s work showcases moments in history to share and educate people on the travesties that have occurred to Indigenous people who have been silenced for far too long. Gabriel serves as an advocate for education for all youth. Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women.” 

Summer 2020 through December 31, 2020

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

The West: Land of Many Stories

The Amerind Museum’s collection brings together artists from many cultures and places. The American West encompasses recent homesteads and ancient farming villages, sheepherders and cattle ranchers, bustling towns and isolated hamlets. Its people speak dozens of languages and are the inheritors of many histories. We have gathered here some of the artists of Amerind’s permanent collection to give you a sense of this many storied land. As all good art does, we hope that their work will touch our visitors across cultures, times, and places.

Summer 2020 through December 31, 2020

Melanie Yazzie and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Walking Quietly: Mixed Media Works by Melanie Yazzie (Diné)

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture. 

March 17, 2020 through December 31, 2020

Duane Maktima and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Singing My Song: The Art of Duane Maktima, a new exhibit by Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi)

This is a retrospective exhibition on the artistic career of Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi), master jeweler and metalsmith. Duane Maktima is an award winning jeweler with nearly 40 years as a working artist. In addition to selling in the best galleries, his pieces are held by several museums, including Amerind’s. Learn more about Duane’s life, career, and development into a nationally recognized jewelry designer, artist, and mentor.

Summer 2020 through October 18, 2020

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

From Above: Images of a Storied Land

Adriel Heisey is a legendary photographer whose work has been published by the Smithsonian and National Geographic. His work is greatly admired by the archaeological community for his amazing ability to capture the beauty and wonder of ancient communities. Courtesy of the nonprofit organization Archaeology Southwest, Amerind has borrowed 15 large-format aerial photographs of historical landscapes located in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. These breathtaking images include many ancient communities well known to Amerind’s guests: Paquimé in Chihuahua, Reeve Ruin in the San Pedro valley, the ancient fields of Safford, and many others. Come see these important places in a whole new light.

August 31, 2019 through August 16, 2020

Gil Scott and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Quiet Clouds, a new exhibit by Gil Scott (Diné)

From the artist: My palette of colors is strong, bold, and simple. My images and subjects are interpretations of how I view my culture, my Diné (Navajo) heritage. My subjects are the high southwest desert landscapes, traditional baskets, and our traditional homes known as “Hogans.” These are just a few subjects which inspire my imagination.

October 5, 2019 through May 24, 2020

Friends of Western Art and Amerind, Curators

Cowboys at Work: Friends of Western Art Exhibit-Amerind Joint Exhibit

Cowboys and cowgirls have inspired generations of artists to try and capture their unique work, lives, and land in paintings and sculpture.

May 21, 2019 through April 26, 2020

Artist: Maria Arvayo (Yoeme)

Maria Arvayo and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Capturing Sunlight: Images from the Southwest

Maria Arvayo focuses on depicting the Sonoran landscape and is inspired by the natural world. She captures the quality of light, the warmth and the distinct beauty. She works in a wide variety of media, but the majority is in oil, acrylic, pastel, and encaustic. Artwork for sale.

May 14, 2019 through April 11, 2020

Gerry Quotskuyva and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

The Art of Gerry Quotskuyva

Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva’s, (Bear Strap Clan, Second Mesa Village of Shungopavo) remarkable style has been nationally recognized on public television, in 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. This exhibit represents his finest carvings, paintings, and sculptures. Artwork for sale.

March 9, 2019 through February 29, 2020

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Water Is Life

Water, rain, snow, springs, lakes are all vital to life in the southwest. In this exhibit, the subject of ten Indigenous artists’ works speaks to water—its inspiration and its importance to all.

June 8, 2019 through September 15, 2019

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Desert Flowers: The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer

Dr. John P. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as a skilled photographer, in addition to his teaching and research. He is the 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. In recent years he has photographed cacti and succulent plants and flowers, which are the focus of this exhibition. This special art exhibit is brought to you by the generosity of Dr. Michael Diesenhouse and Eye Associates of Tucson.

August 28, 2018 through August 16, 2019

Jeffers Choyguha and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Personal Birth Process: Jeffers Choyguha

Jeffers Choyguha’s paintings are inspired by her pregnancy and her son’s earliest years. The paintings reflect on feelings of pain, anguish, and peace. Some are prayers; some are fears. They all honor woman’s experiences with the birth process.

Wendy Davis, Aline Goodman, Eric Kaldahl, Alex Lee, and Helen Sanders, Curators

Women of the American West

This exhibit, celebrating women in the art of the American West, is a joint venture between the Amerind Foundation and Friends of Western Art (FWA), a nonprofit organization whose members support awareness of and promote Western Art.

Ed Kabotie, Curator

The Art of Ed Kabotie

I am a third generation artist from the Hopi village of Shungopavi and the Tewa village of Khapo-Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo). My current work reflects not only my Puebloan heritage, but also reactions to the sacred landscapes of Northern Arizona. My creations take the forms of watercolor paintings, ink and marker drawings, and multi-instrumental, trilingual compositions. —Ed Kabotie

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer: Tohono O’odham and Rarámuri

Dr. John Schaefer 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 president of the university from 1971-1982. In addition to pursing an active career in teaching and research, Dr. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as a skilled photographer. He is founder of the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography. The photographs in this exhibit were taken by Dr. Schaefer during his visits to Rarámuri (Tarahumara) communities in Chihuahua and to Tohono O’odham communities in southern Arizona and northern Sonora.

Gabriel Ayala and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

The Water Protectors: The Standing Rock camps through the lens of Gabriel Ayala

Gabriel Ayala is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. A world renowned musician, Mr. Ayala has traveled the world to perform and teach. When he heard about the events taking place near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, Mr. Ayala decided to stand with the many Indigenous people who call themselves the Water Protectors. The Water Protectors opposed the construction of a petroleum pipeline called the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). From around the nation, thousands of people gathered at several camps near Lake Oahe. Mr. Ayala lived in the camps for several months at a time. This exhibit of photographs, taken in 2016, continues Mr. Ayala’s efforts to educate others about the Water Protectors’ experience.

Carolyn O'Bagy Davis and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

Willard J. Page: Artist on the Southwest Road

Willard Page was a landscape artist who moved westward to make a career that provided him and his wife Ethel with a comfortable and happy life. With moderate pricing, a great deal of hustle, clever methods, and a regional client base, Willard and Ethel marketed his art to locals and avid tourists eager for an affordable memento of the West’s majestic landscapes.

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

The West: Land of Many Stories

The Amerind Museum has a rich legacy of art. Paintings and sculptures have stories to tell. The museum’s permanent art collection brings together artists from many cultures and places. The west encompasses recent homesteads and ancient farming villages, sheepherders and cattle ranchers, bustling towns and isolated hamlets. Its people speak dozens of languages and are the inheritors of many histories. This exhibit displays Amerind’s permanent collection artists to give you a sense of this many storied land.

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer: Rarámuri People of Chihuahua, Mexico

Photographer John Schaefer visited Rarámuri (Tarahumara) communities in Chihuahua in 1978. Dr. Shaefer’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.

Ron Bridgemon, Jr.

Inspired by the Past—Pottery Traditions

Many contemporary potters in the American Southwest and northern Mexico were inspired by ancient pottery making traditions. This exhibit displays pottery from the communities of San Ildefonso, Jemez, Hopi, Pee Posh, and Mata Ortiz. The Mexican village of Mata Ortiz is home to several hundred potters who were inspired by the ancient pottery of Paquimé. Amerind’s unique role in supporting early Mata Ortiz pottery competitions is presented.