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Teri Greeves

Teri Greeves is a beadworker who both follows and updates the Kiowa tradition of beadworking. Teri uses her talents to tell the story of the American Indian, both contemporary and historical. Through her beaded objects and jewelry, and her signature beaded high-top sneakers, she continues the tradition of story-telling, considering native life in modern society.

She lives and works in Santa Fe. Teri burst onto the contemporary Native American art scene in 1999 when she won Best of Show at SWAIA’s Indian Market for a beaded parasol that depicts an Indian parade. Since then she has won over 40 awards at Indian Market, the Heard Museum Fair and various other shows. In 2003, she was the School for Advanced Research’s Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship recipient and was also the Signature Artist at the Heard Museum Fair and Market. Teri is one of the most lauded Native artists.

Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the British Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Heard Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the State of New Mexico’s Permanent Art Collection. Most recently, Teri was featured on the PBS Documentary Series “Craft in America.”

Teri Greeves

"By speaking about the history and values of my people through my work, I can help bring balance into the world my children would grow up in."