I cannot help but observe my people moving from post-colonialism and tribalism into mainstream American ways. The sociological, historical, and cultural contradictions are of interest to me and these are what I paint and write about. I am deeply concerned with the loss of our language and our traditional ways-I know there are many seats of wisdom within our culture, a culture that is rapidly changing. For me, writing and painting are the only means I know to comment on these changes (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/At-the-Hems-of-the-Lowest-Clouds/Gloria-J-Emerson/e/9781930618237).
1962 - University of Denver; 1972 - Harvard University; 1987 to 1990 - Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments
Gloria Emerson is an author, poet, and painter and works as a freelance consultant in the fields of Indian education and art. Emerson, whose work reveals a subtle and inspiring view of the Navajo landscape, interprets the ancient culture, significant places, and traditional stories of her kinspeople. She has worked for the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, as well as many other non-profit organizations supporting Indian education, social services, and the arts. She was artist-in-residence at the School of American Research thanks to the Dobkin Family Fellowship in 2002 and Governor Bill Richardson appointed her to serve on the New Mexico State Arts Commission in 2003. Gloria Emerson says she "may be the oldest Dine woman painting in . . . what I call cultural expressionism." She promotes the works of many Four Corners artists at ‘Ahwééh Gohwééh, her coffee shop and gallery near Shiprock, New Mexico.
Author and illustrator of her book, At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds.
Artists of the SJC Permanent Art Collection
Begay Sr., Arthur
Cloy, Peggy Melyssa
Collins IV, William
Contractor, Donna Lorraine
Duran, Esteban Ismael
White Owl, Maynard
Wilson Jr., Billy
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