Ira Wil­son is SWAIA’S new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

Native American Art - - NEWS -

This Fe­bru­ary, Ira Wil­son joined the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts (SWAIA) as its new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. Wil­son spent 26 years as the lead buyer for the In­dian Pue­blo Cul­tural Cen­ter in Al­bu­querque. Dur­ing his ten­ure there, he trans­formed Shu­makolowa from a gift shop into an in­ter­na­tional re­source for Na­tive art, in turn pro­vid­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity to a wide group of Na­tive artists and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about Na­tive arts and cul­ture. Wil­son is from Teec Nos Pos, Ari­zona, and was raised in a tra­di­tional Navajo way with great in­flu­ence from his grand­mother, a weaver. Wil­son takes over the po­si­tion from Dallin May­bee, who served in the po­si­tion for nearly four years.

SWAIA board chair El­iz­a­beth Kirk says, “Ira brings decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in business and artistry, as well as a strong ded­i­ca­tion to the cause of Na­tive artists and the arts. He will take the or­ga­ni­za­tion in a di­rec­tion which will in­sure SWAIA con­tin­ues to evolve, sus­tain­ing our mis­sion and vi­sion in the years to come.”

Ira Wil­son, SWAIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

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