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Quest for the West artist Doug Hyde

by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 04, 2016

Hyde 2016

Doug Hyde

Born 1946 in Hermiston, Oregon; lives in Prescott, Arizona

Daybreak Star
2016, bronze, edition of 21, 24 x 12 x 10 inches

Daybreak Star, a Nez Perce woman named for the morning star. A blessing prayer as she faces the new day dressed in her finest clothes. “Great Spirit, hear me, four quarters of the world. A relative I am. Give me strength to walk the earth softly. May I walk the good road.” This promise is repeated daily to give thanks.


INSPIRED BY THE LORE he learned as a youth from his grandfather and other tribal elders, Doug Hyde, whose heritage includes Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa, expresses Indian mythology and spirit through his sculpture. Hyde attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in the early 1960s, and then the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship. He enlisted in the Army and was seriously injured during his second Vietnam tour. During his convalescence, he learned to use power tools to cut and shape stone.

When he returned to Santa Fe in 1972 to teach at IAIA, he brought with him the ability to transform his ideas into three-dimensional objects. Sculpting in stone and bronze remain the passion and focus of his life. In 1998, one of his sculptures was installed at the White House. In 2008, his bronze, Little Turtle, was purchased for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cultural Resource Center. Hyde has focused most of his efforts in the past decade to help Native American tribes tell their stories with sculptures for their cultural centers. He is also sponsoring a mentor program with these tribes to work with him in his studio.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2013       Gilcrease Museum, Collectors’ Reserve, Williams Award for Best Sculpture
2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
2012       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award for People
2011       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture
2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2008       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture

Memberships

National Sculpture Society, Fellow and Member, Board of Directors

Gallery Representation

Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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