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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Hopi
Training:
Bennard was an educator for sixteen years certified to teach four major subject areas for grades kindergarten through twelfth. But
over the course of sixteen years, he has also taught college level students.
Bennard became a full-time self-employed jewelry artist in 1993. He has exhibited his jewelry in the United States, Europe and
Asia. Bennard started exhibiting in the Indian Art Markets in 1998 where he has won a number of awards in the most prestigious
Indian Art Shows including the world renown Santa Fe Indian Market.
Frances was an attorney practicing Indian, Business and Environmental Law. She has helped Bennard with the jewelry since 1993
but she has since retired :trom the practice of law and now works with him full time.
Permanent Collections:
Methods and Style of Work:
Bennard and Frances create jewelry that draws on the Hopi and Pima Tribes for the philosophy as well as the style of the jewelry.
The gemstones are cut in the ancient mosaic style that was originated by the Hohokam, predecessors of the Aikmel Oo'dam (Pima)
and the Hisatsinom, ancestors of the Hopi. The gemstones are encased in sterling silver which has been cast in Hopi sandstone
rock :trom the Hopi Village of Hotevilla.
The jewelry is designed to represent harmony and balance.
Awards:
Blue Ribbon First Place Award in Lapidary Jewelry from the 1st Indian Market, Albuquerque New Mexico, 2006.
Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in Lapidary Jewelry :trom the Arizona State Museum, Tucson, 2003.
Second Place in Jewelry from the Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, Arizona, 2002.
Second Place in Jewelry from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Artist & Craftsman Show,
2001.
Second Place in Jewelry from the Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, Arizona, 2001. ludge's Choice Award In Jewelry from the Heard
Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001. Third Place Award in Jewelry with Stones from the Santa Fe Indian Market, 2000:
Blue Ribbon Best in Jewelry with Stones Award :trom the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Artist & Craftsman Show 2000.
Blue Ribbon 1 st Place Award from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Artist & Craftsman
Show, 2000.
Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in Jewelry from the Arizona State Museum, Tucson, 2000. Blue Ribbon 1 st Place Award from the
Santa Fe Indian Market, 1999.
Best of Division Award for Jewelry nom the Heard Museum Show, Phoenix, Arizona 1999.
Signature or Hallmark:
About The Artist:
Bennard and Frances Oallasvuyaoma are Hopi Indians originally from northern Arizona.
Bennard is also one-quarter Pima Indian. They currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bennard Dallasvuyaoma
Other Information:
Friday, February 17, 2012
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