Edd awarded SWAIA Discovery Fellowship

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

SANTA FE, Aug. 28, 2014

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(Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie)

Sierra Edd, 18, of Durango, Colo., stands at her booth full of her and her sister’s art pieces at this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market on Aug. 23. Edd is also a recipient of the 2014 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Discovery Fellowship.




Earning a ribbon at the Santa Fe Indian Market is not the only way an artist can get recognized. In fact, each year the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts awards fellowships to talented Native artists.

There are four fellowships in the areas of discovery, residency, rising artists and youth. According to a news release from SWAIA, the fellowship recipients are recognized for their creativity, originality and artistic achievements.

The SWAIA Discovery Fellowship is a $5,000 award to allow Native artists to explore the creative process and push the boundaries of their art forms.

This year’s winner is 18-year-old Sierra Edd, a painter and visual artist from Durango, Colo. Edd is the daughter of Esther Belin and Don Edd. Edd said she applied for the 2014 Discovery Fellowship because she wanted to explore the boundaries of her art this year but needed the funds to do so.

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