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January 1, 2018


Exhibitions and Scheduled Events


Here we track, first, exhibitions and then other kinds of scheduled

events. At the end, as a historic record and for convenient reference,

we list previous exhibitions and events from this and previous years.


Current and Coming Exhibitions



GENESEO, NY:  Ongoing

            The School of Performing Arts, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, has in the lobby of Brogie Hall on Park Street a permanent exhibition of 130 pieces of Mata Ortiz pottery art from the private collection of musician Alan Case. The collection contains some earlier work but mainly pieces from the mid 1990s. Contact Alan Case (585-243-4616) by phone or, best, by email at case[at]geneseo.edu


DRAGOON, AZ: Ongoing

            The Amerind Foundation installed in June, 2006 a permanent exhibit of prehistoric Paquimé ceramics juxtaposed with those of contemporary Mata Ortiz. In February, 2014, the exhibit was expanded to include several examples of current work by some of the village’s outstanding younger artists. In an unforgettable desert setting in Dragoon, Arizona 15 miles east of Benson, the Amerind offers two outstanding museums, one of anthropology and the other of fine art. In 1959-1962, the Amerind, under Dr. Charles C. Di Peso, led the excavations at Paquimé, and Dr. DiPeso was later the first major booster of the Mata Ortiz pottery project. Phone (520-586-3666), The Amerind Foundation, Dragoon AZ 85609. www.amerind.org


SAN DIEGO, CA: Ongoing

          Mata Ortiz to You is a proud sponsor of the new exhibit "From the Vault: Rare Artifacts with Fascinating Stories" which recently opened at the Museum of Man.




Scheduled Events




JANUARY 12 – 14, 2018


TUCSON, AZ:  POTTERY: Pottery, Jewelry. Weaving & Wood Carving


The Tucson Museum of Art (140 N. Main Ave.) will host a show sponsored by Modern Mata Ortiz that will feature Mata Ortiz Pottery, Mata sherd/Taxco Silver jewelry, Zapotec weavings and Oaxacan wood carvings

Artists present will be Mata Ortiz potters Diego Valles & Martin Olivas Quintana, Zapotec Weaver Porfirio Gutierrez and Oaxacan wood carver Julia Fuentes.


JANUARY 25- 27, 2018


Phoenix, AZ: Mata Ortiz Pottery/Taxco Sherd Jewelry Sale

Modern Mata Ortiz will have a booth with pottery and jewelry at the Oasis Gift Show in the Phoenix Convention Center (100 N. 3rd St.) at the end of January. This is a wholesale show where a resale liscence is required.


FEBRUARY 9 – 11, 2018 – AMERIND MUSEUM, Dragoon, AZ

DRAGOON, AZ: Pottery, Jewelry, and Weaving Show

The Amerind Museum (One mile east of I-10 and just north of Dragoon Rd)  will host a Mata Ortiz pottery and jewelry show sponsored by Modern Mata Ortiz. The featured artists will be award winning potters Hector Gallegos, Laura Bugarini, and Javier Martinez and Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez. Museum hours are 10am to 4pm. For more information call 520-586-3666.


MARCH 2-4, 2018


Sahuarita, AZ: Pottery, Jewelty, and Weaving Sale


Ron & Vicki Sullivan, along with Modern Mata Ortiz, will host this event at the Quail Creek Kino Conference Center (1490 East Quail Range Loop, Bldg. 1 – at the intersection of East Quail Crossing). Besides Mata Ortiz pottery, there will be Mata sherd/Taxco silver jewelry, and Zapotec weavings. Featured artists are Jerardo Tena , Norma Hernández, Luis Rodriguez, Claudia Ledezma, and Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez.



MARCH 9 – 11, 2018


Apache Junction, AZ: Sale & Demonstrations


The Superstition Mountain Museum (4087 N. Apache Trail – AZ Hwy 88) in Apache Junction will host its fourth annual Mexican folk art show from 9am to 5pm daily that will feature artisans from Mata Ortiz and Oaxaca. Mata Ortiz potters Lila Silveira, Ligia Quezada, Pabla Talavera Quezada, and Moroni Talavera will be conducting forming and firing demonstrations. Well known Oaxacan weaver Porfirio Gutierrez and master Oaxacan wood carver Julia Fuentes will again be there with crafts and demonstrations. For more information, call the Museum at 480-983-4888.






Tucson Area, Arizona: On-going Pottery Sales


If you live in the Tucson area and you’re looking for a reliable location to purchase Mata Ortiz pottery at a good price, then Ron & Viki Sullivan can certainly assist you. They sell pottery the year round and two different venues. You can find them in Tucson on Saturdays at the St. Philips Farmers Market (southeast corner of Campbell & River Road) April-October (8-12) and November-March (9-1). In Green Valley, they set up on Wednesdays at the Farmers Market (I-19 & Esperanza Blvd.) May-September (8:30-12:30) and October-April (10-2). For more information and to verify the schedule, email the Sullivans at ron.vicki.sullivan[at]gmail.com.



The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz


Check out Scott Peterson’s website for showings of his award winning film in your area.  http://www.MataOrtizMovie.com




Note:  Not posted with the dedicated Mata Ortiz tours listed in smaller type above are many Copper Canyon tours that either begin or end with a day in Casas Grandes, which day may or may not include a quick visit to Mata Ortiz. Copper Canyon tours ending with a day in Casas Grandes give participants an opportunity to leave the tour at this point and spend some days in this area to know it better. Those tours beginning with a day in Casas Grandes give participants an opportunity to join here after visiting some days in the area. These additional tours are shown at the end of the section “Classes & Tours.”


ALERT ALERT:  Always confirm dates of events before finalizing plans to attend. Kindly alert us (520-744-2243), to mistakes or changes.



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The Calendar maintains records of previous exhibitions and events. Contact us if you need any of this information.