School for Advanced Research (SAR) call for Native Artists

SAR is now accepting applications for three artist-in-residence fellowships designed to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. 

The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship
(June 15 - August 15, 2018)
The Dubin Fellowship is dedicated to supporting traditional Native artistry.

Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship
(September 1 - December 1, 2018)
The King Fellowship is dedicated to preserving the Southwest.

Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women
(March 1 - May 31, 2019)
The Dobkin Fellowship encourages the creativity and growth of indigenous women artists working in any media.

Application forms and Fellowship FAQ can be found at:

An informational flyer can be downloaded here.

Photos top to bottom: Melissa Melero-Moose, Northern Paiute, contemporary mixed-media painter; Luanne Redeye, Seneca, painter and beadworker; Loren Aragon, Acoma, fashion designer

In Memoriam: Eleanor Tulman Hancock


Eleanor Tulman Hancock, respected dealer in North American Indian Art, died after a brief illness on June l5, 2017.  Eleanor is survived by her beloved son Mason and granddaughter Leah, and her husband of 46 years, James.  Eleanor was predeceased by her dear brother Eli and former husbands, the composer Lan Adomian and physicist Marcel Weinrich.  

After college, Eleanor began a career as an actress in New York City. She pursued a Master’s Degree in English from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and worked in Public Relations before discovering her passion for American Indian jewelry, which led to an intensive study of American Indian Art. 

A highly-respected dealer for over 50 years, she specialized in notable examples of American Indian jewelry, pottery, basketry, textiles (including several Navaho First Phase Chief blankets), Kachinas, beadwork, and art of the Northwest Coast and Inuit. Eleanor became a trusted adviser to major collectors and museums in the United States and in Europe. Objects, formerly in her collection, are exhibited in many museums including the Ralph T. Coe and the Charles and Valerie Diker collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Thaw Collection at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and in the Ralph T. Coe Foundation collection of American Indian Art, Santa Fe.  Works from her personal collection were included in exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian, of which she was an early supporter.

Eleanor was a long-time member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and the Appraiser’s Association of America.  A devotee of all the arts, Eleanor shared her love of theater, museums, ballet and concerts with her many devoted friends.  She will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, generosity, and unfailing concern for friends and family, as well as her fashion flair, which always included spectacular antique silver and turquoise jewelry. Eleanor was a longtime supporter of NOW.   Memorials are planned for late September and early October in Gloucester, MA and New York.  For details, please write:

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

Opening this weekend: Leekya Family exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum


Albuquerque Museum
June 24 - Sept 24

Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse emerged in the early 1900s as the preeminent maker of stone figural sculptures, fetishes, mosaic work and figural jewelry in the 20th century.

Leekya, Zuni (1889-1966)
Frog carving given to Kenneth Wallace, 1930s-1950s
Zuni stone, coral, jet
Photographer: David Nufer
Courtesy Albuquerque Museum
Gift of Kenneth Alan Wallace and his children, Andrew, Aaron, Susanna, Megan and Glen

Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966), Zuni, New Mexico
Leaf Necklace, ca. 1935
Silver, turquoise and coral
Length: 33 1/2 in.  (85.1 cm)
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Mrs. David T. Beals,

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