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May 19, 2015
‘Dualities’ sculpture by Dan Namingha installed through the Art on loan program

Dualities’ sculpture by Dan Namingha installed through the Art on loan program at the SAnta Fe community convention center

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is pleased to announce that a sculpture by renowned Native American artist Dan Namingha entitled Dualities, has been loaned to the City of Santa Fe through the Art on Loan Program. The sculpture by Namingha was installed on May 11, 2015.  The location at Santa Fe Community Convention Center ensures that Santa Fe visitors and residents alike can enjoy this public artwork by an internationally recognized artist.  On loan through June 2016, the artwork creates a sense of place in the prominent front courtyard.  The Arts Commission is delighted to partner with Niman Fine Art on this special loaned work.

About the artwork:

Created by Dan Namingha in 1997, the bronze sculpture is an edition of six, and represents the duality of the universe, referencing nature, yin and yang, earth and water, the sculpture represents masculine and feminine energies, and along with earth and water motifs features images of deconstructed kachina masks in the center.

About the artist:

Dan is from the Tewa-Hopi tribe.  He has been showing professionally as an artist for over forty years. His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, and the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity.  He is constantly drawn to his roots so deeply embedded in ceremony yet allows us only a guarded glimpse of his sacred traditions; the spirit messengers, the kachinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people ... all of these forming the interim of visage between the physical and the spirit world.

Dan paints and sculpts the imagery of his homeland and his peoples, always with the integrity instilled in him by that depth of belief and love of spirit.  Drawing and painting was a natural part of Hopi childhood.  It gave him a way to express his strong feelings about the culture and environment leading to a path of creative freedom.  Dan feels that change and evolution are a continuum; socially, politically, and spiritually and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of cultural and technological diversity.  He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and balance so necessary to the communal spirit of the universe.

Dan Namingha received an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe in May 2009.  He has been exhibited widely including the Fogg Art Museum, Boston MA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs CA, and his work is in numerous embassies worldwide.

Niman Fine Art was established in 1990, and is family-owned and operated.  The gallery specializes in representing the works of internationally known artist Dan Namingha, contemporary sculptor Arlo Namingha, and mixed-media photography by Michael Namingha. The gallery is managed by Frances and Nicole Namingha.  Located on Lincoln Avenue, 1/2 block north of Palace Ave, the gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, telephone 505-988-5091, fax 505-988-1650, or email [bot protected email address].  For more information, visit the website at:

For further information, about the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission visit the website at or telephone 505-955-6707. 




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