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2017 IACA Artist of the Year
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Shane Hendren


 2017 IACA Artist of The Year Winning Piece

"Water is Life" Necklace.  
This beautiful necklace is made from Sterling silver, 14kt gold, and natural Kingman turquoise.  All components are hand fabricated and hand engraved in the round. The design and materials of the necklace represent an interpretation of water in all its forms. "The combination of turquoise (water) and engraving (life) harmoniously join in this piece".
Shane R. Hendren is a Master Metal Smith and Artist who has spent his lifetime working at his craft.  For the past twenty years his principal focus has been on jewelry rooted in his Navajo heritage, incorporating traditional iconography and symbolism while employing advanced metals techniques such as Mokume Gane, and Engraving.

His work can be found in public and private collections around the globe as well as being featured in magazines and books.  His hard work and dedication to his craft has been recognized by awards from all the major art markets. Shane has been recognized three times as the IACA Artist of the Year.

Buttressing his traditional rearing is formal training, having received an Associates Degree from IAIA in Museum Management and a BFA in all Disciplines from the University of New Mexico.  Shane was recognized in 2010 on the floor of the NM House of Representatives for his service to the arts.

Shane served as IACA President in 2010.


2nd Place- Ronnie Henry (Navajo)
"Broken Arrow" Necklace and Earring set.

This contemporary set is made from 14kt gold, gem quality Candaleria turquoise, and SL1 diamonds. It is tufa cast with inlaid stones and flush set diamonds. The chain is also handmade.


3rd Place - Cliff Fragua (Jemez)
"Carries Our Prayers"

An eye-catching sculpture of an eagle perched on a black base.  Made in the traditional sculpting method using laminated calcite and marble.  The eagle is wearing a turquoise necklace.


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