Jim Harrison, PIAM 2018 Featured Artist

Albuquerque-based Navajo Artist Jim Harrison has been selected as the Featured Artist for the 21st Annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM), which will take place July 14–15, 2018, on the beautiful grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.

Mr. Harrison is a silversmith and jewelry-maker of extraordinary skill. His intricate inlay designs use silver, multi-colored semi-precious stones and shells. Pueblo Direct reports, “His designs are reflective of the bright stars of the New Mexico nights and the geometric forms of the landscape… With sleek and contemporary shapes and designs, he manages to balance the flavor of tradition with his stylized approach to Indian imagery.”

His designs often incorporate Navajo symbols including Yei and Yeibechai figures, Navajo rug patterns, figures in the night sky and desert landscapes. He forms these designs into rings, bracelets, bolos, earrings, concho belts, and pendants that are highly prized by collectors.

He was born on the Navajo Reservation into the Red House Clan. At age 16, he enrolled in a silversmithing class in high school. Finding his passion in jewelry design, he went on to study under the tutelage of legendary Navajo artists Preston and Jesse Monongya, joining them among the first artists to create such beautiful and intricate inlays.

     

It is with great pleasure the Jurying Council of the Prescott Indian Art Market honors Mr. Harrison as this year’s featured artist at the Market.

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