Upcoming Show

Judy Tuwaletstiwa:


December 11, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Opening Reception:

 Saturday, December 11, 3-5 pm


Judy Tuwaletstiwa Studio


Source, Process, Transformation explores how 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. 

"Source refers to the fountainhead of a river or stream.
Process signifies a journey.
Transformation means to change form, as in metamorphosis.

Whether viewing art in museums as a child or creating art as an adult, I have always experienced the mystery that invites transformation. Over the years, I have learned to let the process, the journey that grows from the wellspring, source, lead  and teach me.” 


Untitled painting, Black and Red, 2021, Judy TuwaletstiwaUntitled, 2021, 72 x 48”, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas


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.


Judy Tuwaletstiwa Photo by Barbara GrothJudy Tuwaletstiwa, photo by Barbara Groth


An artist, writer and teacher, Judy Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC, Berkeley in 1962, and her MAT in English Literature from Harvard University in 1963. A celebrated artist with a long career of residencies, exhibitions, and collections to her name, her last solo exhibition was at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe in 2019. 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

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; Lemmons Contemporary, New York City, New York (2004).

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.