23-Sky Rise Dreams

Sky Rise Dreams, 2001. Margarete Bagshaw (Santa Clara Pueblo), b. 1964. Oil on linen. Gift of R. E. Mansfield, 2005 (26/4466).

While visiting New York City, Bagshaw felt both inspired by the iconic monumental architecture surrounding her and somewhat disoriented by the absence of the geographic markers of the Southwest. The artist, who hails from a strong lineage of distinguished women painters, draws on both Puebloan and Cubist abstraction in her work.

Margarete Bagshaw (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1964)—daughter of Helen Hardin and granddaughter of Pablita Velarde, both famed Pueblo painters—is a modernist painter whose work is full of complex patterns and subtle shading. Bagshaw also creates three-dimensional works in clay.

Bagshaw lives in Santa Fe, where she owns a gallery. Her artwork has been featured in exhibitions at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis; the Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe; and the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, among other institutions.


Artist Talk with Margarete Bagshaw:
3 Generations of Pushing Boundaries

Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 2 PM

Margarete Bagshaw (Santa Clara Pueblo) gave a lively, illustrated talk about her art and that of her mother, Helen Hardin (1943–1984), and her grandmother, Pablita Velarde (1918–2006), both famed Pueblo painters.

A video archive (67min) is available.

Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection

The National Museum of the American Indian
NMAI on the National Mall | Washington, DC