Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Judy Tuwaletstiwa Photo by Barbara Groth
Judy Tuwaletstiwa (photo: Barbara Groth)


ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Judy Tuwaletstiwa's memories and personal experiences create a complex web of inspiration that invites materials to find an unexpected voice in her art. Materials (from Latin, mater, mother) become keepers of a collective truth passed down through generations or through encounters with strangers such as a homeless man. With deep empathy, Tuwaletstiwa reflects to us the joy and pain of our human condition. Object and subject are transformed within her work to emanate a palpable healing force. 

Tuwaletstiwa’s work has been described as elemental. She uses a broad range of materials including kiln fired glass, fiber, clay, handmade paper, quills, and wood sticks. Each artwork is a conversation between carefully selected textures and evocative forms: an intuitive and profound act of storytelling.

An artist, writer and teacher, Judy Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC, Berkeley in 1962, and her MAT in Medieval Literature from Harvard University in 1963. A celebrated artist with a long career of residencies, exhibitions, and collections to her name, she was the recipient of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2023. Her art lives in private, public, and museum collections. Special editions of her three books, including her 2016 book, Glass, published with Radius Books, reside in libraries such as the Corning Museum of Glass’ Rakow Library and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Selected Exhibitions
2023 Once Upon a Dream, Pie Projects Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2022 Distilled Presence, Pie Projects Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2021 Source, Process, Transformation, Pie Projects Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2019 The Dream Life of Objects, Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Santa Fe
2017 Transformations, Bullseye Projects, Portland, Oregon
2016 Glass, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015 New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014 Ruah, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012 Silent Collaborations, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 De Harmonia Mundi, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California;
2004 Lemmons Contemporary, New York City, New York


Notable Residencies
2017 Artist-in-Residence (collaboration with Michael Rogers), The Studio, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York
2017 Artist-in-Residence, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Bullseye Glass Resource Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2003 Artist-in-Residence, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington (and 2000) 2000 Literary Residency, The Lannan Foundation, Marfa, Texas. 

 

 

Inquire about available artwork here or call 505-372-7681

 

 

 

Text. Shards 4, 2019, kiln fired glass on canvas, 72 x 72 in. 





Ruah. To Hear, 2014, kiln fired glass, silk thread, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 in.





Tuwaletstiwa, 'Liminal', 2021, 72 x 48”, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas
Liminal, 
2021, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas, 
72 x 48 in.







Text. Shards 5, 2019, kiln fired glass on canvas, 18 x 18 in.




Glass. Text 1, 2019, kiln fired glass on paper, 23 x 22 in. (paper)




 
Glass. Text 2, 2019, kiln fired glass on paper, 22 x 22 in. (paper)





Glass. Text 3, 2019, kiln fired glass on paper, 22 x 19 in. (paper)





Glass. Text 4, 2019, kiln fired glass on paper, 22 x 22 in. (paper)






Scroll. Text 1, 2019, kiln fired glass and acrylic on paper, 28 x 18.5 in. (paper)






Scroll. Text 2, 2019, kiln fired glass and acrylic on paper, 28 x 18.5 in. (paper)






Feathers. Text 1, 2024, kiln fired glass, and photograph on rag paper, mounted, 19 x 22.5 in. 





 
Songs of Innocence, Text 1, 2017, kiln fired glass, wax, burnt paper on canvas, 13 x 13 in. 



 

Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah.
2023
 kiln fired glass on canvas
 48 x 72 in.
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah, 2023
 48 x 72 in.
kiln fired glass and 23k gold leaf on canvas


Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 1
2023
kiln fired glass, 23k gold leaf on canvas
72 x 48in.
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 1, 2023
69 x 42 in.
kiln fired glass on canvas


Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 3.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 2, 2023
72 x 36
kiln fired glass on canvas
SOLD

Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 3.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 3, 2023
 72 x 49
kiln fired glass on canvas


Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 4.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 4, 2023
36 x 84.5" (triptych)
kiln fired glass on canvas


Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 5.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 5, 2023
20 x 30"
kiln fired glass and 23k gold leaf on canvas


Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 6.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 6, 2023
13 x 13"
kiln fired glass and gold leaf on canvas

Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 9.  2023, 48 x 72” kiln fired glass on canvas
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 9, 2023
17 x 17
kiln fired glass on canvas
 




Tuwaletstiwa, Song 4, 2021, 72" x 48", Burnt Magnani Pescia rag paper and glass on canvas


Song 4, 
2021
72 x 48”
Burnt Magnani Pescia rag paper and glass on canvas




Text 2, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in.

 

Pleiades #1, Pleiades #4, Pleiades #3, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas
12 x 36 in./each

 

  

Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 21, 2018, 30" x 20", Glass, fiber, nails, and acrylic on canvas

Songs of Innocence 21, 2018

30" x 20"
Glass, fiber, nails, and acrylic on canvas

 

 
Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 8, 2018, 30" x 20",  Fiber and graphite on canvas

Songs of Innocence 8, 2018
30" x 20"
Fiber and graphite on canvas



 

Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 5, 2018, 27” x 33”,  Glass and burns on canvas 

Songs of Innocence 52018
 27” x 33”  
Glass and burns on canvas 

 

 
Dream 2
2023
kiln-fired glass on Arches paper, mounted on wood board
48 x 24 in.
Dream 2, 2023
 48 x 24
kiln fired glass on Arches paper mounted on wood board

Dream 3,  2023, 16 x 48” kiln fired glass on Arches paper mounted on wood board
Dream 3, 2023
48 x 20
kiln fired glass on Arches paper mounted on wood board
 
Once Upon a Dream. Hallelujah 7, 2023
 13 x 13"
kiln fired glass on canvas

SOLD

 



Pleiades #2, 
2021

Glass and acrylic on canvas

12 x 36 in. 

SOLD

 

 

Text. To Weave, 2011
Glass on Magnani Paper on canvas
20 x 30 in.

SOLD

 

 

Mother Earth - Father Sky, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas

12 x 48 in./each, diptych

SOLD

 

Tuwaletstiwa, Song 1, 2021 Raku fired clay, acrylic, and burns on canvas 72" x 48"

 

 Song 1, 2021
 72 x 48”
Raku-fired clay, acrylic, and burns on canvas

SOLD

  

Tuwaletstiwa, 'Song 2', 2021, 72" x 48", Fiber, raku-fired clay, and acrylic on canvas


Song 2, 
2021
72 x 48”
Fiber, raku-fired clay, and acrylic on canvas
SOLD

  


Inquire about available artwork here or call 505-372-7681