Allan Houser (1914-1994)
Allan Capron Haozous (later “Houser”) was a great grandnephew of the great Apache Chief, Geronimo. His parents had been prisoners of war and after their release, chose to stay in Oklahoma, where Allan was born. Mr. Houser attended the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico, and began exhibiting his work in museums even while a student.
In 1962, he became a member of the faculty of the new Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, and as the only sculptor, Mr. Houser set up IAIA’s sculpture department. He combined modernistic styles with his own themes, leading to a recognizable and influential style that he passed on to hundreds of students.
Highlights from the BIA Museum Collection was developed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Museum Program, September 2016.
Shannon Stiles, Staff Curator
Annie Pardo, Museum Program Manager
(with assistance from the summer intern)
“Art of Allan Houser.” Last modified 2016. Accessed October 7, 2016. allanhouser.com
Frank, Billie. “Allan Houser: legendary Native American artist.” Santa Fe Travelers. Last modified January 17, 2013. Accessed October 7, 2016. santafetravelers.com/santa-fe-blogs/allan-houser-a-native-american-artistic-legend/