Tom Haukaas Native Arts Artist-in-Residence

Native Artist Tom Haukaas at the DAM in September

When Tom Haukaas was young, he spent hours watching the traditional dancers of his Rosebud Sioux Tribe with awe. He was impressed not only by their dancing, but also with the beauty of their elaborate costumes. He couldn’t afford to buy the garments so he decided to learn how to make them. Surrounded by family and friends who were skilled at both quilt and beadwork, Haukaas learned from the best, eventually developing his own original aesthetic.

As the Denver Art Museum's Native Arts artist-in-residence, Haukaas is bringing his skills to a new project: a ceremonial dress that combines traditional elements with contemporary ones. You can interact with Tom during the following events:

The next Native Arts Artist-in-Residence is Gregg Deal, acclaimed muralist, performance artist and painter of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe. Learn more about opportunities to see him at work.

The Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Erin Cousins is associate manager of creative and public engagement in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. One of her favorite exhibitions that has been on view here is Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination.