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Nora Naranjo Morse

Nora Naranjo Morse

Fellowship Artist

Fellowship: Path Breakers (2003)
Cultural Affiliation: Santa Clara Pueblo

Naranjo Morse was born into a family of artists: her mother was Rose Naranjo, a noted Santa Clara-Laguna potter. She is an enrolled member of the Santa Clara Pueblo, where she has lived most of her life. She graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980. In 1982, she was granted a Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs Fellowship, and from 1983 to 1984, she taught her traditional clay techniques to students in Aarhus, Denmark and Hildesheim, Germany. In 1988, Naranjo-Morse was an artist in residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona. In 2005, her installation piece Always Becoming, won an outdoor sculpture competition held by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Recognized not only for her whimsical clay figurines and installations, including paintings, prints, and jewelry, she is also a published poet.