Friday, July 1, 2011

Artist Profile- Teri Greeves (Kiowa)

Teri Greeves was born in 1970 and is an award-winning Kiowa-Comanche-Italian beadwork artist, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is enrolled in the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.  She grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where her mother Jeri Ah-be-hill ran a trading post.  Teri says she began beading at the age of 8.  She has a degree in American Studies (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her work frequently blends traditional Kiowa stories and beliefs with western culture. 

Teri works on a loom for her bracelets, which are backed with leather.  She also sews her beads directly to leather for her larger pieces, which she often backs with wood or other solid material for presentation.  She only uses brain-tanned deer hide.

Her work is found in such public collections as: British Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, the Hampton University Museum, the Heard Museum, the Joselyn Museum, the School of American Research, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Fe, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.  In 2009 she was profiled on the television series “Craft in America” which airs on PBS.

Beaded necklace by Teri Greeves (Kiowa)

Beaded cuff bracelet by Teri Greeves (Kiowa)

Beaded pendant by Teri Greeves (Kiowa)

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