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MIAC Exhibition with Tammy Garcia, May 20 2007 - April, 2008

May 20, 2007


Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Opens “Origins in Tradition” Exhibit Showcasing Works by Tammy Garcia

Native American Artist Displays Bronze Sculptures at Santa Fe Museum

Taos, New Mexico. May 7, 2007 – Tammy Garcia, innovative Native American artist, will exhibit four monumental bronze sculptures at the “Origins in Tradition” exhibit, opening May 20, 2007 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM. The exhibit features six large-scale sculptural works by two pueblo women.

“Tammy’s well-known original pottery works were truly experimental yet steeped in the traditional artistic style of the pueblo where she grew up,” said museum director Shelby Tisdale. “Her more recent work in bronze and glass provide other mediums that redefine the boundaries and we are extremely excited to have her beautiful bronze sculptures on exhibition for the next 11 months.”

Thirty-seven year-old Garcia is a pioneer in raising the awareness of Southwest Indian art. Her work transcends the labels and expectations of “native” art through her innovation and risk-taking.

“Tammy is a visionary artist,” said Tisdale. “She creates a delicate balance between a sense of place that is expressed in her pueblo worldview and the vitality of modern day life, no matter what medium she is working in.”

Garcia will display four bronze works, all over six feet tall. Three sculptures will reside in the garden and one will be inside the main entrance of the museum.

“It’s a great honor to have my work selected for this exhibit,” said Garcia. “’Origins in Tradition’ is such an appropriate title because I have built my success by drawing inspiration from my rich heritage and, at the same time, not allowing myself to be bound by it. The bronze sculptures in this exhibition embody that.”

“Origins in Tradition” runs from May 20, 2007 through April 27, 2008. Garcia will be speaking at the exhibition’s opening at 1:00 pm MDT on May 20, 2007. More information about the exhibit may be found at


Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy,
Communications Director, Blue Rain Gallery
Phone: 800.414.4893 or 505.751.0066
High res images and an interview with the artist
available upon request.

About Tammy Garcia & Blue Rain Gallery
Tammy Garcia perpetuates her creative lineage of Native American potters. She learned each intricate step of her art, from hand-harvesting clay from the hillsides to polishing pots with natural stones, from her mother and grandmother. Never relinquishing her heritage, she has successfully pushed the envelope of traditional Native fine art by expressing pueblo imagery and forms in innovative, contemporary ways including bronze and glass. Garcia’s work is displayed in numerous museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as well as in private collections. Her artistic achievements are documented in the book, Tammy Garcia: Form without Boundaries.

Garcia’s work can be seen at the Blue Rain Gallery locations in Taos and Santa Fe, NM. The two galleries welcome art collectors, aficionados, and enthusiasts from across the globe. Primarily promoting New Mexico artists, Blue Rain Gallery is the exclusive gallery offering Garcia’s work. For more information on Tammy Garcia and Blue Rain Gallery, please visit