Saturday, December 02, 2006

Arizona Tribal Motherboard

An opening was held on Friday, December 1, 2006 for the 7th Avenue Art Panels Series 3 Project in Phoenix, AZ. Art will be displayed for one year and is located at 7th Avenue and Glenrosa. The art was commissioned by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Tribes represented starting at upper right hand corner going clockwise: Hopi, Apache, Yaqui, Tohono O'odham, Chemehuevi, and Navajo.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New Childrens' Book Release: The Three Little Sheep

When three little sheep set out to begin life on their own, they never dream that they will be followed by a hungry coyote. Fainthearted and just a little bit nervous, each brother heads in a different direction: one travels to the east and builds a grass hut, another travels to the north and builds a tepee, and the final brother travels to the south and builds a hogan. But Coyote has heard of their plans, and he is determined to catch one of them for his dinner.

“Little Sheep, Little Sheep,” he calls, “let me in! Or I will huff and puff and blow your hogan in!”
The sheep panic and hide, but eventually develop some stratagems of their own. Coyote will need all his cunning and tricks to defeat this faithful band of brothers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Upcoming Shows

July 8-9, 2006
Prescott Indian Art Market, Prescott, AZ

December 9-10, 2006
Pueblo Grande Indian Art Market, Phoenix, AZ

Booth Number : A-69

Artist Bio

Ryan Huna Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo) is an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, Arizona. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he received a Certification in 2-Dimensional Art in 1987. He transferred to the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona where he majored in Studio Art with an emphasis in Illustration. He received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree in 1994.

Ryan has participated in Native American Art shows such as the Prescott Indian Art Market, Prescott, AZ; The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Art Market, Phoenix, AZ; Native American Art Festival, Litchfield Park, AZ; and the Indian Artist of America Show, Scottsdale, AZ. He has won several awards at the Prescott Indian Art Market.

Ryan is the Program Manager of the Upward Bound Program at Pima College, a college prep program for high school students. He teaches art at PCC and works as a freelance illustrator.

Artist Statement:

“My art work depicts my Native American heritage as well as influences I have with popular culture specifically comic books and Japanese Animation. The majority of my work focuses on the human figure, and how it can be arranged within the composition. I feel my work is more about the use of the figure, placement of the hands, expression on the face, rather than the specific tribe that has been depicted.”

“For the past ten years or so, comic book art has been the biggest influence in the work I create. The use of color, dynamic use of the figure, while incorporating Native American subject matter, has given my work its distinctive look. At first glance, my work looks as if it were dealing with the genre of humor. Many of us make that connection due to the relation of humor and cartoons. However, I’m not necessarily projecting humor in my work; I use the style to depict strength, power, and pride within my culture.”

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