Living Treasures Artist Celebration — Live and Silent Auctions

The State of New Mexico has long been a place that celebrates and supports Indigenous arts. Some of the most innovative Native American artists working in the United States have showcased their work at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The Museum awards artists who have significantly contributed to the field of Indigenous arts with the designation of Native Treasures Living Treasure.

Since 2006, sixteen Living Treasure recipients have been recognized for their artistic excellence during the Museum’s annual Native Treasures Art Market, May 25 – 26. Living Treasures artists will be honored on Friday evening, May 24 at the Living Treasures Artist Celebration event. Each Living Treasure listed below is at the forefront of preserving and sharing their respective cultural knowledge and traditions.



Live Auction

This year, several of the current and past Living Treasures are donating a piece of their art to support MIAC’s exhibition and education programming. Guests at the Living Treasures Artist Celebration can bid on these extraordinary objects at the live auction that evening.

Silent Auction

Bid at the silent auction, where a variety of donated art – including textiles, pottery, paintings, carvings, photographs, and sculpture – will be offered.



Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasures

2006 Robert Tenorio
2007 Mike Bird-Romero
2008 Connie Tsosie Gaussoin
2009 Upton Ethelbah Jr.
2010 Lonnie Vigil
2011 Roxanne Swentzell
2012 Tony Abeyta
2013 Tammy Garcia
2014 Joe Cajero
2014 Althea Cajero
2015 Teri Greeves
2015 Keri Ataumbi
2016 Dan Namingha
2017 Jody Naranjo
2018 Maria Samora
2019 Diego Romero and Mateo Romero