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S: Allan Houser

BC: Creighton Boxberger Art 2 Spring Semester | Allan Houser

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1: All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces... So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life. -Alberto Giacometti | Allan Houser A lasting legacy | http://www.okhistory.org/images/houserallan.jpg

2: Born on June 30, 1914, Allan C. Haozous was to become known as Allan Houser, one of the 20th Century's most important artists. | Allan's parents, Sam and Blossom Haozous were members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe who were held as prisoner's of war for 27 years. Allan's father was with the small band of Warm Springs Chiricahuas when their leader, Geronimo, surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1886 in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. | http://www.firstpeople.us/native-american/photographs/native-american-child-in-full-regalia.html

3: Allan Houser dedicated his life to reflecting the cultural experience of Native America. His mastery of the arts include; painting, sculpture, printmaking, silkscreen, lithography, drawing, stone carving, and bronze casting. | http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Singing_Heart-Edition_7-10_Bronze_1994.jpg

4: Growing up on a farm, Allan labored with crops of cotton and alfalfa and helped support the family growing vegetables and raising livestock and horses. At an early age he became interested in the images he saw in magazines and books. He soon began making his own drawings and carvings. | http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1342/808225094_fa83558f5c.jpg

5: In 1934 he enrolled in the Painting School at the Santa Fe Indian School. Commonly known as the Dorothy Dunn School after its teacher, Allan became its most famous student and by 1939 his work was exhibited in San Francisco, Washington D. C., and Chicago. In the same year he received a commission to paint a mural in the Department of Interior building in Washington, and its success led to a second mural commission there in 1940. | The painting on the left is one done by houser while still in art school. He won a competition for the best artwork in the school. | http://www.galleryserendip.com/pages/houser1.jpg

6: Allan married Anna Marie Gallegos in 1939, and together with three young sons they moved to Los Angeles in 1941 where Allan sought employment during the war effort. | http://lh4.ggpht.com/_1fvo5fiLmcM/SdwNs3z82wI/AAAAAAAANJo/ScgCrbN1p0c/MAMHsr.jpg

7: It was in L.A. that Allan would have the opportunity to visit museum exhibits of European artists like Brancusi, Arp, Lipschitz, and Henry Moore, whose work had a lasting influence on Allan as his own style evolved in the coming years. | http://santafe.org/images/Links/8/908-Sculpture%2520Gardens.jpg

8: Completed in 1948, this work entitled "Comrade in Mourning" was his first major marble carving. | In 1947 Allan was commissioned by the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, to do a memorial sculpture honoring the Native American students from Haskell who had died in World War II. | http://artists.art.officelive.com/AllanHouser.aspx

9: In 1951 Allan moved to Brigham City, Utah, where he taught art at the Inter-Mountain Indian School for the next eleven years. He continued to paint and produce small wooden sculptures, and in 1954 he was honored by the French government with the Palmes d'Acadamique for his outstanding achievement as a teacher and artist. | http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/topicimages/a/al/allan_houser.gif

10: In 1962 Allan was asked to join the faculty of the newly created Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. There he created the sculpture department and began focusing his own artistic output on three dimensional work. | http://www.santafetravelers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Smoke-Signals-Allan-Houser-Sculpture-Garden-.jpg

11: As he taught and created sculpture he began integrating the ideas of the modernists with his narrative ideas. By the late 1960's he began exhibiting this sculpture and recognition of his unique style grew | http://www.dbg.org/system/image1s/12/masthead/allan-houser-header.jpg?1279740693 | http://www.wildlifeart.org/artImages/large/Houser_FabricatedBuffaloB.jpg

12: By the late 1960's he began exhibiting this sculpture and recognition of his unique style grew. Museums and private collectors sought out examples, and his influence became apparent on hundreds of students and other artists. | http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1097/807344359_e11cfdcd99.jpg |

13: In 1975 Allan retired from teaching to devote himself full-time to his own work. In the two following decades he would produce close to 1,000 sculptures in stone, wood, and bronze, and emerged as a major figure on an international scale. | http://jsemmel.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/dscf7875.jpg | http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1342/808225094_fa83558f5c.jpg

14: He had nearly 50 solo exhibits in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and he continued working tirelessly until his death on August 22, 1994. | Pictured on the left is Allan houser with one of his most famous sculptures. Sacred Rain Arrow. | http://www.allanhouserfoundry.com/images/AbstractCrownDancer.jpg | http://0.tqn.com/d/denver/1/0/_/F/-/-/P1015380.JPG

15: For more than thirty years, Allan’s powers of creative expression grew within the world of Indian art schools, initially as a student and eventually as a teacher and mentor to an entire generation of American Indian sculptors. At various stages of this journey he mastered drawing, painting, stone carving, and sculpting in bronze. | http://www.arts.ok.gov/p/permart/sculpture/houser/houser.jpg

16: Works | "A Tribute." alanhouser.com. 1 June 2011. . | " The legacy of one apache family.". 1 june 2011. http://www.okhistory.org/unconquered/houser1.html

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