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Houston Museum of Natural Science Adds Tammy Garcia Sculpture to Hall of the Americas

Sept 10, 2007

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Houston Museum of Natural Science Adds Tammy Garcia Sculpture to Hall of the Americas
Contemporary Native American Artist Enjoys a Place in Museum’s Permanent Collection

SANTA FE, N.M. [September 10, 2007] – Tammy Garcia, innovative Native American artist, has sold a bronze sculpture, titled “Element 3” to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for inclusion in their John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas permanent exhibit. The sculpture will be on display beginning in September 2007.

“Tammy’s work expresses the continuity between the past and the present,” said museum Curator of Anthropology, Dr. Dirk Tuerenhout. “The bronze sculpture we are adding to our collection is very similar to designs seen in Pre-Columbian art yet is strikingly contemporary at the same time.”

Garcia is an acclaimed artist with beginnings in pottery. She was raised in a family steeped in this traditional pueblo art form. However, she has pushed the boundaries with her passion and vision, creating pottery that is easily recognized given the explosion of cultural motifs on her pots as well as the unprecedented size of some her work. Never settling for the status quo, Garcia has conquered other mediums and is now accomplished in glass and bronze as well. Her work transcends the labels and expectations of “native” art through her innovation and risk-taking.

“Tammy’s artistry exemplifies that American Indian culture is still very much alive and vibrant,” said Teurenhout. “Her work tells a story that I know will translate well to our general audience.”

The Hall of the Americas exhibit celebrates the diversity and accomplishments of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Their collection of rugs, pottery, beadwork, kachina dolls, and other objects highlight rich cultural traditions past and present.

“I am honored that the Houston Museum is including my work in their permanent collection,” said Garcia. “As I am often inspired by my cultural heritage, having ‘Element 3’ on display in an exhibit that spotlights Native Americans is particularly rewarding.”

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