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Joseph Sanchez

Photo of Joseph SanchezSince 1970 I have had the opportunity to work with many artists and art professionals around the world, develop artist organizations, curate exhibitions, direct museums, and share my experiences with school children. These experiences are informed by a cultural and ceremonial life with the guidance and wisdom of many elders.

I was born just before the full moon on February 24, 1948 to mixed blood parents of Spanish, German and Pueblo descent.

Meeting Daphne Odjig in 1971 is the reason I am an artist today, as a mentor and peer she encouraged my talent and coached my ability as an artist and art professional, resulting in the amazing career I have as an artist, activist and art professional. Though mainly self taught, the opportunity to work with many artists and art professionals as a collaborator, assistant, exhibition designer, curator, and museum director provided many experiences, skills and valuable critique. I especially acknowledge my two mentors, Daphne Odjig and Philip C. Curtis, (founder of the Phoenix Art Museum) who have been essential to my success as an artist.

In 1972 the gatherings at Odjig Indian Prints at 331 Donald Street were the seed that resulted in Professional Native Artist, Inc. aka The Native Group of Seven, officially incorporated in February of 1974. Although many more artists were invited only seven attended the meetings in Winnipeg that created the group, they were Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Eddy Cobiness and, American Joseph M. Sanchez. This lead to exhibitions with the group in Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg and London, England as well as smaller exhibitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Brantford, Ontario. A commission honouring the 1974 Winnipeg Centennial, Fertility Totem resulted in a nine foot sculpture of Manitoba cedar installed in Franco-Manitoban Center in St. Boniface, Manitoba.

I returned to the United States under President Gerald Fordís amnesty program in November of 1975.
A career in the museum world and my studio in Scottsdale, Arizona lasted 22 years when I married Margaret Burke and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1999. In 2002, I volunteered at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, was hired as exhibition coordinator and went on to become Interim Director and Chief Curator for what is now called the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. Receiving the Allan Houser Memorial Award in 2006 for artistic excellence and community involvement is the highlight of a long career of artist groups and community activity. I retired from the Museum in November of 2009 to return to my work exclusively.

Daphne Odjig, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Guenther Uecker, Rotraut, George Segal, Arman, Norman Bluhm, Manuel Neri, Jesus Bautista Morales, Luis Jimenez, Philip C. Curtis, Jean Paul Ledeur, Yves Klein Archives, William Wiley, Fletcher Benton, Roberto Matta Echaurren, Luis Jimenez, and Jean Tinguely

Founding Member Professional Native Artist, Inc.(Native
Group of Seven) 1974
Ariztlan, 1978
Moviemento Artistico del Rio Salado (MARS), 1978
National Association of Artist Organizations (NAAO) 1982-
Curator, Performance Rodeo, Diversity/UnityConference in
Houston, TX 1984

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Gallery Assistant 1978-82 Phoenix Art Museum, Preparator 1982-84
2nd Southwest Chicano Art Invitational, Coordinator 1978 World Assembly of First Nations, Staff Member 1982
ARTS, (accumulated resources and technology services),
Owner 1983-88
Manís Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence, Curator
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Exhibition Designer
and Curator 1983-88
Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale and Santa Fe, Registrar and
Designer 1989-93
Artist in Residence, Whitemoutain Apache Tribe 1994-98
Whiteriver Elementary School, 1994
Tavan Elementary School, 1990-95
Santa Clara Pueblo, 2001
Director, Laynor Foundation Museum 1996-99
Artist assistant for Philip C. Curtis 1979-99
Chief Curator and Interim Director, Museum of Contemporary Native Art 2002-2010

Governorís Awards for the Arts, Governorís Gallery,
Governors Office, Santa Fe, NM 2006
Spirits of the Earth, West Valley Art Museum, Sun City,
AZ 2004
Emergency Artist Medical Fund Exhibition, Ventana Gallery
Riva Yares Gallery 2008
Art is Happening for Children, Earth Spirits, Santa Fe,
NM 2000
International Chicana-Chicano Art Exhibition, Port of San
Diego, San Diego, CA 1999
Angels of Light|Angels of Desire, MCM Gallery, Scottsdale,
AZ 1999
Angels of Light|Angels of Desire, Cattletrack Studios,
Scottsdale, AZ 1998
IKCE WICASTA, Arizona State University-ASU West, Exhibition with White Mountain Apache children and Jerome
Clark 1997
Afrombras de Domingo de Ramos, Flower Murals for Easter
Sunday at Franciscan Retreat Center1997
Ariztlan, Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, AZ 1994
Angels of Desire, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
Ongoing Exhibitions at Arizlan Studios, Phoenix, AZ 1990-94
Joseph M. Sanchez Arts, Scottsdale, AZ 1983-88
La Familia Sanchez, MARS Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 1985
Ghost Dance, Durfee Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1985
Ghost Dance, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1984
MARS Artists, Fagen-Peterson Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1984
Ariztlan, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1984
Contemporary Chicano Images, Coconino Center for the Arts,
Flagstaff, AZ,1983
Quatro Pueblos, MARS Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 1983
La Phoeniquera, MARS Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 1983
Artistas de Ariztlan, University of Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, MX Curator 1983
World Assembly of First Nations Exhibition, Assiniboine
Gallery, Regina, SK 1982
Ghost Dance, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
Ghost Dance, Austin Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1982
Ghost Dance, West Coast Gallery, Newport Beach, CA 1981
Ariztlan, University of Hermosillo, Hermosillo, MX 1981
Realities, Untamed Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC 1980-81
Two Realities with David Tooker, Scottsdale Community
College, Scottsdale, AZ 1981
MARS Exhibit, Arizona State Capitoll, Phoenix, AZ 1980
Homage to Frida Kahlo, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco,
CA 1978
First Arizona Chicano Art Exhibition, Encanto Pavilion,
Phoenix, AZ 1978
Desert Lunch and other Paintings, Scottsdale Public
Library, Scottsdale, AZ 1978
Professional Native Artists Inc, Wah Sa Gallery, Winnipeg,
MN 1977
Professional Native Artists Inc, 1st National Bank,
Minneapolis, MN 1976
Professional Native Artists Inc, Woodland Indian Cultural
Center, Brantford, ON 1976
Contemporary Native Art, Gallery 115, Winnipeg, MN 1976
Professional Native Artists Inc, Anthropos Gallery,
London, England 1975
Professional Native Artists Inc, Art Emporium, Vancouver,
BC 1975
Professional Native Artists Inc, Dominion Galleries,
Montreal, QU 1974
Indian Art í74, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON 1974
Professional Native Artists Inc, Wallack Gallery, Ottawa,
ON 1974
Drawings, Brackendale Art Gallery, Brackendale, BC 1974
Professional Native Artists Inc, T. E. Eatonís, Winnipeg,
MN 1973
Professional Native Artists Inc, Daphne Odjigís Warehouse
Gallery, Winnipeg, MN 1973
Two Artists, Joseph Sanchez & Tony Allison, University of
Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MN 1973

Selected Collections:
Daniel and Rotraut Moquay, Paradise Valley, AZ
Stephane Jansen, Carefree, AZ
Helme Prinzen, Paradise Valley, AZ
Mary Budzien, Scottsdale, AZ
Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Chelle Pattison, Phoenix, AZ
South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Norman Bluhm, New York, NY
John Paul Ledeur, Paris, France
CHIN Radio International, Toronto, ON
Daphne Odjig, Penticton, BC
Department of Indian Affairs, Ottawa, ON
Northern Supply Corporation, Winnipeg, MN
S. M. Kempner, San Franscico, CA
Jerome Loucheim, Scottsdale, AZ
Stanley and Annie Kesselman, Scottsdale, AZ
Herbert Swartz, Bragg Creek, AB
David Stattin, Edmonton, AB

Joseph Sanchez: In The Moonlight Joseph Sanchez: Raven Portrait Joseph Sanchez: The Spirit Envelopes Me
In The Moonlight
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Raven Portrait
25 x 19 in.   Monotype    
The Spirit Envelopes Me
8 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Joseph Sanchez: Bird Mask Landscape Joseph Sanchez: Conversation With The Otter Joseph Sanchez: The Spirit Behind Me
Bird Mask Landscape
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Conversation With The Otter
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
The Spirit Behind Me
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Joseph Sanchez: My Goddaughter Joseph Sanchez: Sky Friend Joseph Sanchez: Bird Fetishes
My Goddaughter
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Sky Friend
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Bird Fetishes
9 x 9 in.   Watercolour
Joseph Sanchez: Riders Calling the Spirits Joseph Sanchez: A Little Demon Inside Joseph Sanchez: The Spirit Within
Riders Calling the Spirits
20 x 15.75 in.   Acrylic on canvas
A Little Demon Inside
20 x 16 in.   Acrylic on canvas
The Spirit Within
20 x 16 in.   Acrylic on canvas
Joseph Sanchez: untitled figure Joseph Sanchez: Untitled Figure Joseph Sanchez: Unitled Figure (1973)
untitled figure
14 x 11 in.   Graphite
Untitled Figure
11 x 7 in.   Graphite
Unitled Figure (1973)
14 x 11 in.   Graphite
Joseph Sanchez: Untitled Figure with Hand Joseph Sanchez: Untitled
Untitled Figure with Hand
7.5 x 5.5 in.   Graphite
11.5 x 9 in.   Graphite

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