Southern Ute Museum



Monoprinting Workshop with Ilze Aviks

Ilze Aviks holds an MFA in Fibers and has maintained a studio in Durango for 40 years, and taught textile design across the United States, Australia, Canada and Latvia.  Ilze has taught at the university level and contributed to essays and reviews in textile publications.  Ilze’s tapestries and stitched cloth are included in numerous public and private collections locally and internationally.

Monoprinting workshop: Participants will spend the morning learning the fun method of monoprinting on fabric.  The afternoon session will continue with cutting fabric pieces and reassembling them into collages; simple hand stitching will join the pieces adding line, rhythm, and definition.

 Free to participate.  No previous experience necessary.  All ages welcome.  RSVP by calling the Southern Ute Museum at (970) 563-2980 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Class size limited to 20 individuals.  Participants will need to bring a work shirt and/or a long apron. 

OPENING RECEPTION – The Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind

Join us for the Opening Reception of The Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind.  This exhibition is a look into the Southern Ute Museum’s permanent collection.  The museum’s collection consists of an array of mixed media items, archival items, and objects.  From April 5, 2019 to April 30, 2020 the Southern Ute Museum is highlighting ten Native artists and their contribution to fine art.

Friday, April 5, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 PM



Research Presentation by Brian Maitland

Brian Maitland was raised in Jackson, TN, and has been living in Southwest Colorado for the past three years. He is a senior in the Anthropology Department at Fort Lewis College, and will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spring 2019. His educational experience includes field work, lab work, mapping (GIS), and assisting with Tribal consultations. In December 2018, Brian presented his senior research, which focused on basketry and how woven items can show a network between groups of the Southwest and their environment. Pitch coated baskets have captivated him ever since he saw his first one at the Southern Ute Museum. His senior research will be the focus of his presentation.


Brian is an intern at the Center of Southwest Studies, tasked with inventorying and cataloguing the Center’s basket collections

Screenwriting Presentation with Peshawn Bread

Peshawn Bread is a writer of poetry and screenplays as well as a camera woman.  Bread is a fourth-year student at the Academy of Art University where she studies Screenwriting and has experience working on independent films.  Bread is a Sundance Film Festival Alumni of many programs. In the winter of 2015 she was introduced and welcomed as one of Sundance Institute’s Full Circle Kellogg Fellows.  In the summer of 2016 she assisted with the Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab in Santa Fe, NM. 

Peshawn will present the process of taking a story and translating it into screenwriting format.  She will interact with participants to create their very own screenplay ready to shoot and take home.

All events are free and open to the public.

Writing & Storytelling Presentation with Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations.  She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing.  Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company.  She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally.  Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Tanaya Winder will present an interactive presentation and reading of selected poems. She will also discuss the importance of writing and storytelling, and give writing prompts with time for participants to write and share their writings.

This event is free and open to the public.




July 16, 2018

Museum Contact: Linda Baker

Phone: (970) 563-9583



FAIC Contact: Tiffani Emig

Phone: 202-750-3346






Ignacio, Southern Ute Museum announces that it is one of 80 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

With the assistance of the CAP program, the Southern Ute Museum can better promote proper collection care and strengthen further strategic planning through organized and preventative conservation within the institution.

“Simply by applying for the CAP program, Southern Ute Museum has shown a commitment to preserving cultural heritage,” said Tiffani Emig, Programs Director for FAIC.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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About Southern Ute Museum

The Southern Ute Museum is located at 503 Ouray Drive and specializes in Southern Ute culture, history, and education through its visual presentations of three dimensional and two dimensional objects. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Learn more at


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