American Indian Studies

As part of its commitment to continuing education, the Heard Museum Guild presents several Short Courses each year. The aim of these classes is to enhance the students’ respect for native peoples and to develop an appreciation of their art and culture. It is not necessary to be a member of the Guild or the Museum to enroll in these courses.

The schedule for this year’s series of Short Courses is as follows:

January, 2018 The American Indian Fine Art MovementFrom Awa Tsireh to T.C. Cannon

Note: This is a two session Short Course
When:Saturdays January 13 & January 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Monte Vista
Linda Hefter (
Phyllis Manning (

Short Course Fee: $45

Registration is Online: HERE.

This two-session Short Course will explore the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement from the 1800s when Native American artists first started drawing on paper to the birth of American Indian Modernism in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Heard Museum staff and docents will explore a wide variety of topics including:

  • Ledger Art
  • San Ildefonso Water Color Artists with emphasis on Awa Tsireh
  • Dorothy Dunn and the Studio Style
  • The Kiowa and Bacone Artists in Oklahoma
  • New Indian Painting in the 1950s
  • Founding of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the work of early instructors and students including Fritz Scholder, Alan Houser and T.C. Cannon

Special focus will be given to Awa Tsireh and T.C. Cannon two of the most prominent artists in the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement. Both artists are currently featured in Heard Museum exhibits. The T.C. Cannon exhibit opens Oct. 7 and runs through Apr. 15. The Awa Tsireh exhibit opens Nov. 3 and runs through July 15.

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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series: Celebrate Excellence

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 22 and Saturday, February 17

Series Details
9:00 am – 9:30 am    Registration, continental breakfast and mingle
9:30 am – 12:30 pm  Session (includes a short refreshment break)

Members: $50 (includes 1 Museum admission, good for 1 year)

Non-members: $70 (includes 2 Museum admissions, good for 1 year)

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Questions or to register offline: Contact Course Registrar, Kim Schrader at 860.881.3833 or

Thursday, February 1 / Glitz, Glamour, It’s the Gaussoins

The Gaussoins, accomplished jewelers and artists, are descended from Navajo silversmiths and weavers, Picuris Pueblo potters, as well as singers and sculptors. Connie Tsosie Gaussoin; sons Lt. Colonel Jerry Gaussoin, Jr., Wayne Nez, and David; daughter Tazbah; and granddaughter (Jerry’s daughter) Kehasbah.

Thursday, February 8 / Form, Function, Philosophy, Folwells

The Folwells are Santa Clara Pueblo pottery makers. Jody; daughters Susan and Polly Rose; and granddaughter (Polly’s daughter) Kaa.

Saturday, February 17
From decorating on a budget to investing in museum quality art (that might not outperform your stock portfolio but will provide you with hours of joy), this session has something for everyone. We will hear from a distinguished panel of experts moderated by our own Marie Wittwer. Panelists include: James Barajas, Heard Museum Shop Buyer; Laura Cardinal, Heard Museum Shop Collector’s Room Manager; Caesar Chaves, Heard Museum Director of Creative Design & Marketing; Yuki Corello, Designer and Barbara Johnson, Guild Member. The session will conclude with an optional site tour of the shop for those who are interested. 

Thursday, February 22 / Dazzle and Delight

Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo, Chiricahua Apache, Anglo), wife, Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo) and brother Chris Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo/Chiricahua Apache). Brothers Pat and Chris are jewelers. Marla Allison is a painter.

Anita Hicks, PFF Chairperson –
Kim Schrader, Facilitator –

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