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10/29/2012 Press Release
NATIVE AMERICAN POTTER AND ARTIST NATHAN YOUNGBLOOD LAST ARTIST OF CONTEMPORARY ARTIST SERIES 2012

October 29, 2012

PRESS RELEASE-For Immediate Release

NATIVE AMERICAN POTTER AND ARTIST NATHAN YOUNGBLOOD LAST ARTIST OF CONTEMPORARY ARTIST SERIES 2012

Open to the Public Saturday, November 3 – Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Museum of the Southwest


Nathan Youngblood’s Ancient Art, Modern Vision opens for public viewing at the Museum of the Southwest on Saturday, November 3.  Museum members and press are invited to a meet-the-artist reception in the Here and Now Gallery on Friday, November 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  This exhibition is the last of five featured in the Museum of the Southwest’s Contemporary Series 2012, “Tribal Stories.”

Ancient Art, Modern Vision will feature a number of ceramic vessels with whimsical and innovative designs.  For the last 37 years, Youngblood has expressed himself primarily in the clay which he harvests from the foothills above Santa Clara Pueblo in Northern New Mexico, just like his ancestors.  A sixth generation potter, Youngblood was taught the foundations of historic and contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo pottery by his grandparents and mother.  He is celebrated for his drive to create flawless art, a quality obvious in the striking perfection and balance of his pottery.

His work has been described as a juxtaposition between traditional motifs and contemporary ideas, and Youngblood admits, “I try to push the envelope on technique while still staying within the borders of what’s considered traditional.”  While his design influences come from as far away as Asia and Eastern Europe, his methods adhere strictly to tradition.  Youngblood digs his own clay, hand coils each pot and uses the ancient pueblo open-fire technique. 

Contemporary Series 2012, “Tribal Stories” has been made possible by the Arts Council of Midland and the Beal Foundation. The Museum of the Southwest welcomes the community to experience Ancient Art, Modern Vision by Nathan Youngblood, as well as the other exhibitions currently on view.

The Museum of the Southwest is a nonprofit organization located in Midland, Texas.  The Museum of the Southwest seeks to excite the senses through discovery in art, culture and science.  Founded in 1965, the Museum is comprised of an Art Museum, a Children’s Museum, a state of the art Planetarium and an outdoor Sculpture Park.  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday.  The Blakemore Planetarium is closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information on the Museum, membership and upcoming exhibitions and events, visit MuseumSW.org, call 432.683.2882 or send an email to info@MuseumSW.org. 

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The above information has been provided by the Museum of the Southwest and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination.