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January 1, 2017


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.


ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Mata Ortiz Pottery Exhibition


The Main Gallery at the University of New Mexico Art Museum houses a wonderful Mata Ortiz pottery exhibit titled “Mata Ortiz, 1995-2015.” The exhibit runs through May 14, 2016.


Scheduled Events



January 7 – 8, 2017


MARANA, AZ: Pottery, Jewelry, and Weaving Show & Sale


Modern Mata Ortiz is sponsoring a show at The Highlands Clubhouse at Dove Mountain (4949 W Heritage Club Blvd.) in Marana (just north of Tucson). The featured Mata Ortiz potters will be  Tavo Silveira, Mirna Hernandez, Luis Rodriquez & Claudia Ledezma.


There will also be a large selection of the Mata Ortiz sherd jewelry. Also, award winning Oaxacan weaver Porfirio Gutierrez will demonstrate weaving and discuss natural dyes.


January 12 – 14, 2017


WICKENBURG, AZ: Pottery, Jewelry, and Weaving Show


Modern Mata Ortiz is bringing this event to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (21 N. Frontier St.) in Wickenburg. There will be a large selection of Mata Ortiz pottery, Taxco/Mata Ortiz sherd jewelry, and Zapotec weavings. Demonstrations will be conducted by Mata Ortiz potter Diego Valles and Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez.



January 26 - 28, 2017


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. For more information call 520-744-0639.


February 10 – 12, 2017

DRAGOON, AZ: Mata Ortiz Show & Sale at the Amerind Museum

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 Diego Valles & Javier Martinez. Master Oaxacan weaver Porfirio Gutierrez will be there with demonstrations and rugs for sale. For more information call the Museum at 520-586-3666.


March 3 – 5, 2017  


SAHUARITA, AZ: Pottery and Jewelry Show


Victoria Martino (Modern Mata Ortiz) and Ron & Vicki Sullivan will sponsor a Mata Ortiz pottery and sherd/Taxco silver jewelry show at the Quail Creek Kino Conference Center (1490 East Quail Range Loop) in Sahuarita. The featured artists are Mata Ortiz potters Jerardo Tena, Norma Hernandez, Eli Navarrete & Virginia Hernandez Chavez.  Master Oaxacan weaver Porfirio Gutierrez will be there with demonstrations and rugs for sale.


March 9 – 12, 2017


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 that will feature artisans from Mata Ortiz and Oaxaca. Mata Ortiz potters Lila Silveira, Hector Gallegos Jr. & Laura Bugarini 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, rbridgemon999@gmail.com) to mistakes or changes.


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