Collette Marie incorporates New Mexican imagery such as coyotes, quails, and medicinal plants in her work. Photographs by Jay Hemphill.
The artist and illustrator breathes new life into classic New Mexican imagery.
“I felt [my grandmother's] presence during the highway project as she gave me signs of encouragement and reminders to enjoy the creative process. I recall memories of her enjoying the sounds of singing birds in the mornings, so I dedicated a song sparrow to my grandma, which is located on the I-25 underpass.” —Collette Marie
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith has spent a lifetime creating artwork that expresses her experience as a woman and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation. Photograph by Ungelbah Dávila-Shivers.
The artist and curator pushes to expand expectations of Native American art.
“Living people will always be reinventing themselves in new ways. This means people are thriving and not fading away with dying cultures. There is new life and energy in Native arts now.” —Juane Quick-to-See Smith
Marie Yniguez helms the kitchen at Albuquerque's Slow Roasted Bocadillos. Photograph by Ungelbah Dávila-Shivers.
Chef and Food Network alum Marie Yniguez heads the kitchen at Slow Roasted Bocadillos in Albuquerque and has helped to provide healthy meals to schoolkids.
“I’ve made my state proud, my gente proud, and my family proud. I hope I can show other kids you don’t have to have an Ivy League education to make something of yourself. You just have to work hard.” —Marie Yniguez
Jenny Kimball helped lead the renovation of Santa Fe's La Fonda on the Plaza. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
As chair of the board at La Fonda on the Plaza, Kimball worked to revitalize the historic Santa Fe hotel and empower female employees.
“[Architect Barbara Felix] and I stripped away the tchotchkes and focused on highlighting the deep, rich history, architecture, and craftsmanship that was in the building since the twenties but had gotten lost over the decades.” —Jenny Kimball
Emerald Tanner enjoys highlighting contemporary artists in and around Gallup at Tanner's Indian Arts. Photograph by Brian Leddy.
The fifth-generation owner of Tanner's Indian Art highlights contemporary Native American artists in Gallup.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from—if you have drive, your pieces can be in a museum or be sought out by collectors around the country. Your art can take you places.” —Emerald Tanner
Beverly Taylor takes every chance she has to promote the arts in Farmington. Photograph by Jeremy Wade Shockley.
The artist and owner of Artifacts 302 Gallery has helped elevate previously unseen artists in Farmington.
“I was amazed at the caliber of art being produced on kitchen tables and in garages and basements. They just didn’t have a place to take it. The challenge was locals understanding that these artists are our neighbors and we need to support them, just like we support our mechanic on the corner.” —Beverly Taylor
Angelisa Murray provides enchanting New Mexico experiences for visitors and locals alike. Photograph by Minesh Bacrania.
The CEO of Heritage Inspirations leads classes and tours showcasing the wonders of New Mexico.
“To fall asleep under an International Dark Sky in an epicenter of so much culture, there is nothing in the world like it. The next morning, guests rise early to watch the sun tiptoe over the Sangre de Cristos. That’s when you learn something about yourself. New Mexico does that.” —Angelisa Murray
Allyson Siwik has helped to protect and promote the Gila River. Photographs by Jay Hemphill.
As the executive director of the Gila Resources Information Project and the director of the Gila Conservation Coalition, Siwik works to protect one of America's most endangered river.
“The Gila River is one of the last relatively healthy rivers in the Southwest, and it’s the last major undammed river in New Mexico. Because of that, it’s just got tremendous ecological importance.” —Allyson Siwik