The Heard Museum is known internationally for its work in promoting the beauty and cultural richness of Native American art. Its work is done through many partnerships with individuals, foundations and businesses.
One such partnership will result in the restoration of eight iconic sculptures by noted American Indian artists in its collection as the result of a contribution from Bank of America’s 2015 global Art Conservation Project. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 28 countries supporting 85 conservation projects.
In each of the works being restored at the Heard Museum, the sculptor presents a contemporary vision of his ancestral culture, giving the viewer new perspectives on American art.
Among the sculptures exhibited on the museum grounds to be restored are two by Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser (1914-1994), considered the patriarch of American Indian sculptors, Earth Song, composed of Alabama marble, and the bronze Seeking Harmony; three bronze pieces by Aleut artist John Hoover (1919-2011), Crane Woman, Heron and Turtle and Aleut Dance Staff; and two by Chiricahua Apache Bob Haozous (b. 1943), Zen Bear, of oxidized steel, and White Steele out of carved marble.
In addition, funding will restore the natural limestone patina to Navajo Water Girl, a donation of Doug Hyde (Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa, b. 1946) that has never been exhibited at the Heard because the original owner had the piece outdoors where city pollution resulted in grime and discoloration.