Holly Grimm grew up in Shiprock on the Navajo reservation, a passion for drawing already coursing through her veins.
The Stanford University graduate recently won a seven-week residency fellowship to the Santa Fe Art Institute, along with jeweler Wayne Nez Gaussoin. Culled from about 30 applicants, the fellowships came from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the umbrella organization of the Santa Fe Indian Market.
SWAIA awarded painter Del Curfman the 2015 Design Fellowship, placing his image of a black crow on this year’s Indian Market merchandise. For the first time ever, two fellows came from a writer and a filmmaker: Terese Marie Mailhot and Razelle Benally. Glass artist Daniel Friday won first runner-up recognition in the Discovery category. Painter/photographer Chamisa Edd-Belin and painter/printmaker Olathe Antonio were the Youth Fellowship winners.
“It’s great to see how competitive it’s become and the caliber of artists that were selected,” SWAIA chief operating officer Dallin Maybee said. “It’s exciting to see the narratives and mediums our fellowship applicants are exploring and SWAIA is happy to assist them in their growth.”