ABOUT R.C. GORMAN

 

"I was born near Canyon de Chelly in Arizona and spent my early years living close to nature and Navajo tradition. My family was rich in artistic talent and creative spirit, but not in material possessions. I have been fortunate to live and work in the beautiful Taos Valley, an environment also rich in artistry and tradition. The spirit of Taos has encouraged and inspired me, and my focus as an artist matured here. I’m truly grateful to my friends, drinking buddies, family, patrons, and my loyal staff—all of whom have made my way of life here possible. Thanks for sharing the light."  -  R.C. Gorman in 1998

Born - Chinle, Arizona, July 26, 1931

Parents - Carl Nelson Gorman and Adelle Katherine Brown - [ View video of Carl Gorman ]

Education
Ganado Mission High School
Guam Territorial College
Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University)
Mexico City College (now University of the Americas) 

One-Man Exhibitions (selected)
Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, California (1963)
Manchester Gallery, Taos, New Mexico (1965, 1966, 1967)
University of California, Berkeley (1966)
Art Wagon Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978)
Navajo Community College, Many Farms, Arizona (1970)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (1971)
Gallery of Modern Art, Scottsdale, Arizona (1971)
Julian Garcia, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1972, 1973, 1978)
Western Art Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1973)
Mary Livingston Gallery, Santa Ana, California (1973)
Aspen Gallery of Art, Aspen, Colorado (1973, 1974)
Stables Gallery, Taos, New Mexico (1973, 1975, 1977)
Jamison Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1972, 1973)
Women of Taos Portraits, Navajo Gallery, Taos New Mexico (1973)
Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1974)
Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa (1974)
Heritage West, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1975, 1977)
Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (1976)
Ron Phillips Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (1976)
Walton-Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, California (1976, 1977, 1978, 1981)
Gallery of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1976)
Freeman-Anacker Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana (1976)
White Buffalo Gallery, Wichita, Kansas (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
Marjorie Kaufman Gallery, Houston, Texas (1977, 1980, 1981)
Clay Gallery, New York, New York (1977)
Santa Fe East, Austin, Texas (1977)
Tigua Indian Reservation, El Paso, Texas (1977)
Clarke-Benton Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1978)
Mary Martin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (1978)
Arizona Arts Commission, Prescott, Arizona (1978)
Muirhead Gallery, Costa Mesa, California (1978)
Kansas State University; Manhattan, Kansas (1978)
Governor’s Exhibit Hall, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1978, 1988)
Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1978, 1979, 1981)
Many Horses Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
Southwest Art Center, Dallas, Texas (1978)
Rosequist Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (1978)
Gallery Mack, Seattle, Washington (1978, 1979, 1980, 1985)
Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation, New York, New York (1979)
Bayard Gallery, New York, New York (1979)
Navajo Turquoise Gallery, Paris, France (1980)
Southwest II Gallery, Dallas, Texas (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Quail Hollow Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1980, 1983)
Hobar Gallery, Santa Barbara, California (1980, 1981, 1982)
Enthios Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Impressions II Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (1981, 1983)
Squash Blossom Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois (1981)
Four Winds Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1981)
Westwood Gallery, Portland, Oregon (1981)
Ken Phillips Gallery, Denver, Colorado (1981)
Now and Then Gallery, East Meadow, New York (1981, 1983)
Gallery Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii (1982)
Gorman in Deutschland, Galerie Pueblo, Karlsruhe, West Germany (1982)
Artistic Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1983, 1985, 1988)
Gallery Mack, New York, New York (1983)
American West Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (1983, 1984, 1985)
Adagio Galleries, Palm Springs, California (1983, 1985, 1987)
The Art Collector, San Diego, California (1983)
Galerie Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California (1983, 1987)
Dagen Bela Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (1983)
Galerie Calumet, Heidelberg, Germany (1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996)
Grycner Gallery, Maui, Hawaii (1987, 1988)
Many Horses Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1988)
Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico (1988)
Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1988)
Steve Stein Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California (1988)
Studio 53, New York, New York (1988, 1989, 1991, 1993)
Galerie Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
Navajo Gallery Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico (yearly 1988-1996)
Rio Grande Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (yearly 1988-1996)
Navajo Gallery, Taos, New Mexico (yearly since 1968)
Avanti Gallery, San Francisco, California (1988, 1990)
Joan Cawley Gallery, Wichita, Kansas (1988, 1992)
Sunbird Gallery, Los Altos, California (1988, 1993)
Artistic Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1988, 1991, 1993)
Grycner Gallery, Lahaina, Hawaii, (1989)
Kaufman Gallery, Houston, Texas (1989)
Adagio Gallery, Palm Springs, California (1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1990)
Gilbert Ortega Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1990, 1991)
Sunset Gallery, Lahaina, Hawaii (1990, 1991, 1992)
American West, Chicago, Illinois (1991, 1993)
Gallery Mack, Seattle, Washington (1991, 1993, 1994)
Gomes Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (1992, 1994)
Stables Gallery: R.C. Gorman—The Early Years, Taos, New Mexico (1993)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (1993)
Adobe East, Summit, New Jersey (1993)
Rio Grande West, Scottsdale, Arizona (1993)
El Taller Gallery, Austin, Texas (1994)
Studio W, El Paso, Texas (1994)
Patla’s American West, Chicago, Illinois (1994)
Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (1996)
Nizhoni Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1997)
East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (1998)
Four Winds Gallery, Sydney, Australia (1998)

Museum Exhibitions (selected)
Museum of Indian Arts, San Francisco, California (1966)
Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona (1969)
Gorman/Scholder Exhibit, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1973)
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1975)
Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, Arizona (1975)
Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1975, 1979)
Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, Arizona (1977)
Fuller Art Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico (1978)
Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico, (1978, 1983, 1988)
Musee Municipal St. Paul de Vence, France (1979)
Old Jail Foundation, Albany, Texas (1982)

 Awards
All American Indian Days Arts Exhibition, Sheridan, Wyoming, First Award
American Indian Artists, First Annual Exhibition, Kaiser Center, Oakland, California, Grand Award
Center of Arts for Indian America, Washington, D.C., Honorable Mention
Heard Museum Indian Arts and Crafts Show, Phoenix, Arizona, First Award and Honorable Mention
National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, First, Second and Third Awards
New Mexico Fiesta Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Honorable Mention
Philbrook Indian Art Exhibition, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, First, Second and Third Awards
Scottsdale National Indian Arts Exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona, First, Second and Third Awards
Tanner’s All Indian Invitational Potter and Painting Show, First Prize in Drawing (1974)

Honors
Key to the City of El Paso, Texas
Key to the city of San Antonio, Texas
Key to the City of Houston, Texas
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, College of Ganado, Ganado, Arizona (1978)
R.C. Gorman Day, State of New Mexico (January 8, 1979)
Doctorate of Humane Letters, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico (1980)
R.C. Gorman Day, San Francisco, California (March 18, 1986)
Humanitarian Award in Fine Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (May 1986)
Key to the City of Scottsdale, Arizona (1988)
New Mexico’s Governor’s Award of Excellence (1988)
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (1995)
Alumnae of the Year Award, National Association of Colleges and Universities (November 1993)
Honorary United Nations 50-year Chairman for New Mexico (1995)
Camino Real Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1995)
Los Amigos del Turismo Cultural Award, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1996)

Appointments
Board Member: Pacific Northwest Indian Center, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Board Member: Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Fellow: Kellogg Fellowship Screening Committee, Navajo Health Authority, Window Rock, Arizona
Member: Four Corners States Art Conference
Standards Committee: Juror, New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Board Member: Taos Festival of Music, Taos, New Mexico
Board Member: Music at Angel Fire, Angel Fire, New Mexico
Board Member, College of Ganado, Ganado, Arizona