Mar 042014
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2014 MIAC Living Treasures, Joe & Althea Cajero

Santa Fe, N.M. – Native Treasures: Indian Art Festival is pleased to announce accomplished artists Joe and Althea Cajero as recipients of the Living Treasures Award.  This is the first time in the 10-year history that the award has been given jointly to two artists. The Living Treasure Award is given in recognition of artistic excellence and community service.

Renowned bronze and clay sculptor Joe Cajero is from Jemez Pueblo, and jeweler Althea Cajero is from Santo Domingo and Acoma Pueblos. It is rare that a married couple share studio space and even rarer that they receive a distinguished award like this together. The couple was married  eight years ago and resides in Placitas, N.M. 
“The feeling is overwhelming gratitude that both of us are being recognized with the Living Treasures Award at the same time,” says Joe Cajero.  “We feel humbled.   “To be in a relationship, share studio space and watch each other grow is magical,” adds Joe.  “You can see  influences in each others work,that guides your own creativity from the beginning and through the whole process. I watch Althea’s pieces unfold and see how we enhance and advance each other’s work through sharing. We are very open about our process of creativity.”  

Joe has been creating clay originals and limited edition bronze sculptures, including a few monumental commissions, for decades. His works, which are highly saught after by collectors, are made of both commercial clay and traditional Jemez clays.  Althea started her art career more recently as an adult. She integrates cuttlefish bone castings with beautiful turquoise, jasper, agate, coral, natural shells, pearls, gold and silver into her jewelry designs.   
Both Joe and Althea come from a long line of artists. Joe was raised by a painter father and potter mother revered in the Native art community. He attended the Institute for American Indian Arts and was awarded a top prize at Indian Market at the young age of 16.  Althea’s parents were both well-known and respected Native jewelers. 
“We are delighted to be recognizing both Joe and Althea with the Living Treasure Award this year,” says Karen Freeman or Ardith Eicher, Co-Founder of NT. “Their work is outstanding and they are wonderful couple that has given so much to their communities.  

Native Treasures benefits the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe has become one of the most important Indian art shows in the U.S.  More than 200 museum-quality artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase and sell their pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art, Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. They will be honored at the Friday night Preview Party taking place on Friday, May 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., also at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.   

For the 10th anniversary, the Museum of Indian Art & Culture will be honoring all of the artists whom have won the Living Treasure Award. These artists represent some of the biggest names in the Native American Indian art world:  Robert Tenorio, Mike Bird-Romero, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, Upton Ethelbah, Jr., Lonnie Vigil, Roxanne Swentzell, Tony Abeyta, Tammy Garcia, and the 2014 recipients Joe and Althea Cajero.    
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Native Treasures 10th Anniversary Overview  Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-25, 2014  Two day Native American arts festival and sale, featuring over 200 invited museum-quality artists taking place at the Santa Fe Convention Center  Benefits the exhibit fund for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe  

10th Year Milestones Over the last nine years, Native Treasures has:  
Raised $700,000 for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s exhibits  

Become the primary funding source for the museum’s exhibits  

Funded over 20 exhibits at the museum  

Generated $3 million in art sales for Native American artists  

Honored some of the biggest names in the Native art world as our MIAC Living Treasures:  Robert Tenorio (2006)  Mike Bird-Romero (2007)  Connie Tsosie Gaussoin (2008)  Upton Ethelbah, Jr. (2009)  Lonnie Vigil (2010)  Roxanne Swentzell (2011)  Tony Abeyta (2012)  Tammy Garcia (2013)  Joe & Althea Cajero (2014)  

Welcomed 30,000 attendees to Native Treasures for one-on-one interaction with the artists  

Benefited from the help of 600 volunteers  

Been supported by hundreds of individual and business sponsors  

Been named one of “Five Great Things To Do” by Bienvenidos Magazine  

Outgrown its tent on Museum Hill in 2009 and moved to the Santa Fe Convention Center  

Become the kickoff event of the summer art season in Santa Fe  Launched a second event—the Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale—to help collectors sell their Native American art and also benefit MIAC; held October 11-12, 2014  

Learn more!            
WHAT:    Native Treasures, now in its 10th year, is an invitational art show and sale featuring the best Native art in the U.S.  Proceeds provide exhibit funding for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.  

Featuring:  More than 200 museum-quality artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos  Best and brightest of the Indian art world  Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show  
WHEN: Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25, 2014  Native American art show and sale  Saturday 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. $10; Sunday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m., Free  (Early Birds Saturday 9-10 a.m., $20)  Festival tickets available at entrance  

Friday, May 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. *Benefit Preview Party, offering unique “Journey”-inspired pieces created by artists just for this evening *2014 MIAC Living Treasures, Joe & Althea Cajero, will be honored with a gift from the 2013 MIAC Living Treasure, Tammy Garcia *All of the past Living Treasure honorees will also be recognized  *Attendees will meet and mingle with the Native Treasures artists  *Hors d’oeuvres and wine/champagne will be served  *Live jazz entertainment *$100 (includes an Early Bird ticket for Saturday); tickets also included in Native Treasures sponsorships.  For tickets or to become a sponsor, go to    

WHERE: Santa Fe Community Convention Center, at the corner of Marcy and Grant Streets; Santa Fe, New Mexico   

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