biography of Al MOMADAY (1913-1981)

Birth place: Mountain View, OK

Death place: JÈmez Springs, NM

Addresses: Jemez Pueblo, NM

Profession: Painter, medalist, teacher

Studied: Bacone College; Univ. NM; UCLA

Exhibited: U.S. Dept. Interior, 1963, first & second ann. invitational, 1964-65; Indian Arts & Crafts Coop., Anadorka, OK, 1972; Amarillo (TX) Art Center, 1981-83; All-Am. Indian Days, Sheridan, WY; Am. Indian Center, Chicago; Am. Indian Expo, Anadarko, OK; Arizona State Fair, Phoenix; New Mexico State Fair (2 Grand Awards); Denver (CO) Art Mus.; Laguna Gloria Art Mus., Austin, TX; Dallas Mus. Art (also solo, prize); Oklahoma Mus. Art; Ann. Indian Art Exh., Philbrook Art Mus., Tulsa, OK (solo & prize, 1971); Santa Fe Festival Arts; Mus. New Mexico, Santa Fe (prize); Heard Mus., Phoenix, AZ (solo); Mus. Northern Arizona, Flagstaff (solo); Scottsdale (AZ) Nat. Indian Exh. (prize); Univ. New Mexico, Albuquerque; Univ. Oklahoma, Norman (solo); Joslyn Art Mus., 1979-80; Mitchell Indian Mus., Kendall College, Evanston, IL, 1989. Awards: Outstanding Indian Artist, 1956, 1962.

Work: Gilcrease Inst.; Mus. Am. Indian, Smithonian; Mus. New Mexico; Philbrook AC; Kiva Mus., La Junta, CO; Mus. Northern Arizona, Flagstaff; Mus. New Mexico, Santa Fe; Millicent Rogers Mus., Taos, NM; New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, NM; Southwest Mus., Los Angeles, CA; Teal Wing Scouts, Dallas, TX; Western Horseman Magazine, Colorado Springs, CO

Comments: Kiowa painter, whose native name was Haun Toa (War Lance). Position: principal and art teacher, Jemez Day Sch., 1947-67. In 1975 he created a medal honoring his son, the first Am. Indian to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature.

Sources: P&H Samuels, 329; add'l info courtesy of Donna Davies, Fred Jones, Jr. Mus. Art, Univ. Oklahoma.

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