Photo Credit: Jason S. Ordaz at the School For Advanced Research 2010
Photo Credit: Jason S. Ordaz at the School For Advanced Research 2010

A Brief Biography

Art is how you feel, who you are, and comes from the soul. —Marla Allison

Marla Allison is a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. Marla lives and makes art from her home studio where she finds comfort and inspiration by connecting with family, tradition, and being close to her community. Marla is a contemporary Native artist whose primary medium is painting.

Ms. Allison began her expression through art in her youth and gained formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM where she obtained an Associates Degree in three-dimensional art. Since graduating from IAIA, Marla has exhibited artwork at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Smithsonian Native Art Market in New York. Permanent collections with Marla’s work are found in, The Heard Museum Permanent Collection (Phoenix, AZ), The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM), The Red Cloud Indian School Collections (Pine Ridge, SD) and various private collections around the country and also Rome, Italy.

Ms. Allison was the 2010 recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Woman’s Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM.

 


Artist Statement

I am from Laguna Pueblo so I paint Laguna Pueblo. I am an artist who accepts the challenge of personal growth and innovation. I paint and create for Laguna history to be great and remembered. I paint because I was passed down a gift from my grandfathers; I paint to continue what they started. I began with simple works of loose brush strokes, slight symbols of pottery design, and shapes taught to me in my youth. I researched the artists that I found powerful and connected what they did with what I do. From study and admiration, I found that I had something all my own.

Most of my influence is from pottery design of Laguna Pueblo and Hopi Pueblo. I have also found much influence by the cubism of Pablo Picasso and squares of Paul Klee. I don’t stick with one certain style but it is all my own, that’s what makes it mine. With the use of pottery design I have painted landscapes that have design on them symbolizing where the clay that holds these designs comes from. I have painted mosaic paintings that are broken up squares and by taking these paintings apart with the image, the viewer is forced to visually put them back together as a way of putting themselves and their past into it in the process.

My art is what lets me connect the past to my future. My paintings are based on the contemporary, which borrows from the past. I paint so I remember where I came from. I paint so others can remember where I come from. I paint to be remembered.

 


Awards and Exhibitions

2014 – “Regarding Curtis” Group Exhibition– October 17th, 2014-March 6th, 2015, Arizona State Museum, Tucson, AZ

2013 – “What’s New in New, Recent Acquisitions” – February 17th -Dec 30th 2013, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM

2012 – “Shapeshifting, Transformations in Native American Art” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts, January 14-April 29 2012

2010 – “Intrigue & Novelty” The Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora, IL April 6-June 30, 2010

2010 – “Native Modern” Frank Buffalo Hyde, America Meredith, Sarah Sense, Rhett Lynch, and Marla Allison, May 7-June 1, 2010,
Legends Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 – “People’s Choice” Award at the SWAIA Winter Showcase, November 27-29, 2009 Santa Fe, NM

2009 – “3:” (Three) Rose Simpson, Eilzah Naranjo Morse, and Marla Allison, October 1-29, 2009,
Berlin Gallery, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ – Group Exhibition

2009 – “Enigmatic Possessions” June 18th-Aug. 24th 2009, Primitive Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 – “Beyond Face Value” April 16th-October 4th 2009, Heard Museum North, Scottsdale, AZ

2008 – Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM – Eric and Barbara Dobkin, “Inaugural Innovation Award” for “Mother” Acrylic on Masonite with multi-media

2008 – 50th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market
1st Place in Mixed Media Category for, “Entertainment of a Storyteller”
2nd Place in Painting Category for, “One Face Among the Others”

2007 – Winter Exhibition, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD – Group Exhibition

2000 – “Seventh Heartbeat”, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM – Group Exhibition

2000 – “Journey to a Hatefree Millenium”, Greer Garson Theater, College of Santa Fe, NM – Group Exhibition

1999 – “Art in the Raw II”, Alumni Hall, College of Santa Fe, NM – Group Exhibition

Publications

2014 – Camas Magazine, The Nature of the West, cover art “Firing Pottery”, University of Montana publication, Winter 2014

2014 – Ears of Corn: Listen, cover art “Summer Ends Too Soon”, Book publication 2014 written by, Max Early, Paguate, NM

2013 – Ditch Water Poems, cover art “9-11-01”, Book publication 2013 written by, Joseph Delgado, Mohave Valley, AZ

2013 – Creative Intelligence, book publication 2013 written by, Bruce Nussbaum, instructor of Innovation at Parsons New School of Design, New York, NY

2013 – Denver Quarterly, cover art “Two Hopi Girls”, book publication 2013, University of Denver publication, Volume 48, Number 1, 2013

2012 – In Every Room a Story of the Art, The artwork of the LaFonda Hotel in Santa Fe, by, John O’Hern, two paintings included, “Rio Grande Pueblo Girl” (2009) and “Cottonwood and Deer” (2010)

2010 – The Florida Review, Native Issue, Summer 2010-35.1, Cover art, Painting titled “Enchanted” 2005

2010 – Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2010, Camouflage by, Amanda Wapass-Griffin,
Artwork for article images “Self Portrait” and “In Love With Home”

2010 – Journal Santa Fe, March 29, 2010 Edition, Emerging Painter Keeping it Real by, Kathaleen Roberts

2010 – Native Peoples Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010 issue, Groundbreakers Moving On by, Gussie Fauntleroy

2009 – Voices Heard, Journal of the Heard Museum, New & Notable by, Janet Cantley

2009 – JAVA Magazine, October 2009 issue, 3: (Three) by Scott Anderson

2009 – The Santa Fe New Mexican, SWAIA Official Guide – August 2009, Telling Life’s Stories, A Puzzling Piece by, Gregory Pleshaw

2009 – THE Magazine, Santa Fe’s Monthly – August 2009, National Spotlight

2009 – Santa Fean Magazine – August/September 2009, Gala Collaboration by, Lesley King, I-Market by, Dianna Delling

2009 – IAIA Newswinds – Summer 2009, Fresh Ideas by, Staci Golar

2009 – Western Art Collector – May 2009 Event Preview, Beyond Face Value

2009 – National Museum of the American Indian Magazine – Summer 2009 Issue by, Maureen Littlejohn

2009 – New Mexico Magazine – Artscapes, by Wolf Schneider,May 2009

2009 – Scottsdale Living Magazine- April issue, Native American art helps to unveil our stereotypes by, Kellie Kwang

2008 – Marla Allison – Selected Works 2008 – Self Published 2008

2007 – Marla Allison – Recent Works – Self Published 2007

2004 – Illustrated, Estudios Monograficos, Nuevos Municipios en Chiapas, Volumen I
by, Neil Harvey, Political Science Professor of New Mexico State University

Permanent Collections

“Father” 2009 – “Mother” 2008 Acrylic on Masonite with installed DVD Player
Permanent Collection of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

“Basket of Blue Corn” 2008 – Acrylic on Canvas
Permanent Collection of M.I.A.C. of Santa Fe, NM

“Child Games III” 2010 – “Peacock” 2008 – “The Two A.M.” 2009 – “Indian Red”, “Pueblo Brown”,”8 Jumbo Colors” set, 2008 – “Hand Painted” 2008 – “Enchanted” 2007, Permanent Collection of The Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, SD

Juried and Group Shows

2010 – SWAIA Winter Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

2010 – Quick Draw, live group painting show and auction by, The Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2010 – 6th Annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, Santa Fe, NM

2010 – 52nd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix, AZ

2009 – SWAIA Winter Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

2009 – “Fueled By Color” three woman art show with America Meredith, Melissa Melero, and Marla Allison, Third Street ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

2009 – 87th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM

2009 – 42nd Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, Pine Ridge, SD

2009 – 5th Annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, Santa Fe, NM

2009 – 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix, AZ

2008 – SWAIA Winter Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

2008 – Intertribal Arts Marketplace at the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2008 – 86th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM

2008 – 41st Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, Pine Ridge, SD

2008 – 50th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix, AZ

2007 – Holiday Art Market at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY

2007 – Intertribal Arts Marketplace at the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2007 – SMOCA Nights at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2007 – 4th Annual Native American Fine Art Show, Fort McDowell, AZ

2007 – 49th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix, AZ

2004 – One Woman Art Show at “The Mission”, Grants, NM

2001 – Albuquerque Federated Republican Women’s Spring Art Show, Albuquerque, NM

2001 – Albuquerque Indian Market 2001 & Southwest Art Expo, Albuquerque, NM

Representation

Lovett’s Gallery, Tulsa, OK: www.lovettsgallery.com

Tom Taylor Custom Buckles/Belts, Santa Fe, NM: tomtaylorbuckles.com