William Hatch - photo by Adam J. Telford
From my early childhood years, I have been involved with Native American crafts. My father owns and operates Hatch Brothers Trading Post near the Navajo reservation in Fruitland, New Mexico. Living there was like having an art gallery around me constantly; consequently, I became aware of the great variety of Indian art. In addition, an uncle taught me how to make pottery and paint designs on each piece by using a yucca brush, and my grandmother taught me how to weave Navajo rugs. In school, I also learned to silversmith. During the summer of 1973, I traveled to Europe for six weeks. While there I was able to visit various art museums in England, France, and the Netherlands. Observing the paintings by the Great Masters was quite a culture shock after only being familiar with local community art in New Mexico. The gift that is apparent in my painting is a result of my profound spiritual insight tempered by a serious study of the European old masters.”
Bachelor's and Master's of Fine Arts degrees, Brigham Young University, Utah.
Currently head of Art Department and Professor of Art at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico; taught high school art at Kirtland High School in New Mexico.
Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments
Bill Hatch's Navajo/Euroamerican ancestry is reflected in his art. His life-long experience with Native American art and exposure to the Great Masters during his travels to Europe has had a great influence on the way he paints today. He likes to work exclusively with Navajo and Sioux content, both still life and figurative, in a representational manner that could be classified as Contemporary Neoclassic. Since college, he has continued to grow in knowledge and skill, crediting his associations with other professional artists as helping him with his progress as an artist. Hatch has been accepted several times to the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, has work in many personal collections, and has displayed art in past faculty exhibits. His lifelong goal is "to learn the art of painting."
2005 - Bill Hatch: A Life In Art, San Juan College Fine Arts Committee Artist Invitational, Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, Farmington, NM.
1979 - Rosebud Sioux Art Show, Rosebud, SD; 1979-80 - Mormon Arts Festival, Provo, UT; 1980 - Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT; 1983 - New Mexico State Fair, Best of Show, First and Second Place, Albuquerque, NM; 1983-84 - Red Cloud Indian Art Show, Awarded Scholarship, Pine Ridge, SD; 1984 - Brigham Young University Student Art Show, Graduate Painting Award, Provo, UT; 1987 - 3rd Annual San Juan College Selects Show, Farmington, NM.
Artist file at Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico; personal biography provided by Professor William Hatch.
Shimasani (My Grandmother)
Diyogi Hozhoni (Beautiful Rugs)
Portrait of Dr. Henderson
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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