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“The mission of the Heard Museum is to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes

We have a comprehensive educational program that includes a variety of lectures, classes and events for both Guild and Museum members and the general public to support the Heard’s mission.

Monthly Guild Meetings

The Guild holds monthly meetings September through April on the third Wednesday. Start time is 10 a.m. in the Steele Auditorium. 
The monthly agenda incudes a short business meeting followed by an exciting presentation on American Indian art, history or culture. Speakers include artists, tribal leaders, historians and academic experts.
See Happening Now for details about upcoming meetings or check the Calendar on the Guild website.

Heard Guild Presents

Head Guild Presents Launches Indigenious Visions: Marquee Artists Series!

Have you wondered how your favorite artist designs their works of art?

How they learned their craft? Whose work influences them? Or what inspires them?

If you are intrigued by the creative process and wish to attend in-person, up close demonstrations by notable American Indian artists, mark your calendars now for a 4-part series of exceptional programs!

Heard Guild Presents! is excited to bring you this new, cultural, educational opportunity for the 2022-2023 Guild Year.

Series One – Thurs., October 27, 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm
Steele Auditorium
Featuring Kathleen Wall

Kathleen is an award-winning Jemez Pueblo potter who creates whimsical figure in Native clay and in bronze, as well as mixed media works. Producing her first storyteller when she was 8, Kathleen is descended from a long line of ceramic artists and has supported herself as a working artist from the age of 17.

After high school she went on to receive formal training at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and currently has a studio at Jemez Pueblo.

Series Two – Wed., November 30, 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm
Steele Auditorium
Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

The Teller sisters are highly regarded fifth generation Navajo weavers who grew up weaving Two Grey Hills tapestries, taught by their mother Ruth Teller. Together they wrote Spiderwoman’s Children: Modern Navajo Weavers Today (2018) and How to Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman (2020). Both women are multi-award winning weavers and frequently conduct weaving workshops, jointly and individually.

Series 3 – Wed., December 14, 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm
Steele Auditorium
Ray Tracey

Ray is a renowned designer of both contemporary and traditional jewelry working in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. As a follow-up to his earlier demonstration fabricating feathers from silver,

Ray will be demonstrating traditional sand casting techniques. In addition, the former Hollywood actor will share, in his own inimitable fashion, stories regarding his life and family.

Series 4 – Wed., January 25, 2023

10:00am – 12:00pm
Steele Auditorium
Tony Abeyta

Tony is a nationally acclaimed Diné artist, best known for his lively mixed media and oil paintings of the New Mexico landscape, ancestral Navajo iconography and American Modernism. The multi-talented artist also creates unique tufa cast silver jewelry.

His work is found in major museums, including the Heard Museum, the Smithsonian’s NMAI and a current exhibit at the Wheelwright Museum focuses on his family’s accomplishments.

Marquee Artists Series Fee
Guild Member: $50
Museum Member: $60

Register Here 
Questions: heardguildpresents@heardguild.org

Heard Museum Guild 2022 Short Course… Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesdays September 27, October 4 & October 11, 2022
Location: Monte Vista Room, Heard Museum
Instructor: Linda Hefter, Heard Museum Senior Docent
Facilitator: Jackie Stubbs
Short Course Fee: $45
Register Here

Come meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The three-part course will include an exciting overview of the land, culture and history of both the ancient peoples of the Southwest and the federally recognized tribes and pueblos who call Arizona and New Mexico home today.

Session Three on October 11 will also include an introduction to the American Indian Fine Art Movement.

Each of the three sessions will conclude with a 30 to 40 minute tour of the Heard Museum exhibits and sculpture. Whether you have lived in the desert for years or are new to the Southwest, don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this special place we all call Home.

For more information email Jackie Stubbs at edcoordinator@heardguild.org.

Register Here

Docent Training / Las Guias

Often the most profound contact between the Heard Museum and the visiting public is provided by Las Guias (Spanish for “The Guides”). This group of dedicated volunteers extends hospitality, provides interpretation of exhibits and programs, and, in a warm and personal way, implements the mission of the Museum “to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.”
For information about Museum tours…

Any member of the Heard Museum Guild may sign up for the Las Guias training class. To become a guide, the student must complete the basic training course and demonstrate effective guiding performance in the museum galleries. In addition, every guide must be a Heard Museum member as well as a Guild member.

The Las Guias Docent training course begins each fall in October under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the Museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May).  For more information about Docent training…

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