Smoki Museum Live Painting Event – Diverse Horizons

smoki_logo The Smoki Museum of Indian Art and Culture and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is proud to present Diverse Horizons — Live Paint Event and Exhibition on Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 pm at the Smoki Museum in Prescott, Arizona.  Diverse Horizons features three talented Native painters from IAIA:  Gregory Ballenger (Navajo), Del Curfman (Crow), and Daniel McCoy Jr. ( Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) . The diverse styles, techniques, inspirations, and compositions of each artist redefine what Native art can be in our modern, twenty-first century world. Each artists will exhibit two recent works along with the live paint creation; all paintings will be for sale via silent auction through the duration of the exhibition.

What: Diverse Horizons-Live Paint Event and Exhibition
Where: Smoki Museum of Indian Art and Culture
When: Live Paint:  Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 1pm to 4pm
Exhibition: May 21, 2016 through July 31, 2016

Examples of the artist’s work participating in this life demonstration  are below from each artist:

Greg Ballenger


Partial of the US Native Vietnam Veteran Mural in Gallup, NM by Greg Ballenger


Greg Ballenger Original




Greg Ballenger Original

48Greg Ballenger is an 18-year-old artist who dreams of showing in a gallery in Santa Fe soon and New York City later. He is the guy seen on scaffolding painting black and white portraits of veterans in downtown Gallup.

So far, he has completed a mural for Sheila Silva on Second Street and one for Tom Hartsock in the downtown walkway.




 Del Curfman


Del Curfman Original

Del Curfman is an emerging artist of Crow heritage enrolled at Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).   He is presently working on his Bachelor of Fine Arts with enthusiasm. He plans to continue producing art, pr3768222ogressing, and to eventually obtain an MFA.  Del has the gift of vision, discipline, and love for painting.  The seasoned American Indian Art Collectors see his talent and are buying his paintings knowing he has a promising future. Pick your favorite and enjoy it for a lifetime!



McCoy Original


50ef85_e08c28692c6f4c658c6aad0545a770c9Artist Statement

I create paintings and illustrations based on contemporary Native American issues, past triumphs, current disasters, and inspiring stories. My artwork is heavily influenced by my interests of underground comics, album covers, and Oklahoma flat style painting. For me, my body of work is also a form of record keeping of memorable people, and life experiences. I work in many mediums such as, enamels, oils, acrylics and inks in various combinations and techiniques.


Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his formal art training at the Institute of American Indian Arts, graduating in 2003 with a degree in two dimensional arts. McCoy, worked under the direction of commercial artist Chuck Osborne for eight years in Tulsa Oklahoma. Painting everything from television backdrops to hand designed billboards, giving him strength to work on large scale projects. In 2010, McCoy returned to the Southwest to pursue his career as a professional artist. His focus in the upcoming years will be to produce monumental life works. McCoy currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family.

The Art Store is a major sponsor for this event to encourage donations to the museum and future presentations. If you can attend, please let us know how it went. We will not be able to attend due to previous engagements. We wish we could have watched what each artist created with the art materials from the Art Store! –Keith & Ida Kendall.

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